The World XI

Our staff will periodically weigh in on who are currently the best players across the globe at their respective positions.

After much deliberation (“Matic? you’re a homer!” – “No, I’m not! I left off Eden!” and “Dude, Kroos, no James??” – “Yeah dude, KROOS…but it’s close,” among many other points of contention), we reached a consensus.

Without further ado…

Starting XI:

GK: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich/Germany)

RB: Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City/Argentina)

CB: Vincent Kompany (Manchester City/Belgium)

CB: John Terry (Chelsea/England – retired)

LB: David Alaba (Bayern Munich/Austria)

CM: Nemanja Matic (Chelsea/Serbia)

CM: Toni Kroos (Real Madrid/Germany)

RM: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Portugal)

LM: Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina)

ST: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain/Sweden – retired)

ST: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City/Argentina)

On the Bench:

GK: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham/France)

CB: Mehdi Banetia (Bayern Munich/Germany)

LB: Marcelo (Real Madrid/Brazil)

CM: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea/Spain)

LM: Eden Hazard (Chelsea/Belgium)

RM: Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich/Netherlands)

ST: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid/France)


-Manchester City (3) leads the pack among starters as well as Argentina (3).

-No Brazilians were fielded in the starting XI.

-34-year-old John Terry’s resurgence has not gone unnoticed, nor has the meteoric rise of teammate Nemanja Matic.

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