Only a disastrous series of events will prevent Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo from being two of the best 11 of the current decade (2010-2020). However, I would like to guess who are going to be the other 9 players to form the team of the decade.
That’s a tough one, but after a lot of thinking I’ve decided Manuel Neuer is going to get the number 1 jersey – just over Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczesny, Manchester United’s David De Gea and Manchester City’s Joe Hart. Neuer is already one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and he is not even close to his thirties, when goalkeepers usually reach their peak.
He will be pivotal in making Germany the best national team of this decade, and has a great chance of winning the Champions League with Bayern Munich in the Financial Fair Play era.
Gregory van der Wiel is the best full back outside the big five leagues, and he will definitely move to one of the bigger clubs in Spain or England by the end of the season. This guy is the “Dutch Dani Alves”, and he is already more influential in his national team football than the Brazilian.
Fabio Coentrao – the most expensive left back in the world can play all kind of positions, but I think that after the last “El-Clasico”, Jose Mourinho would like for him to focus on being the best left back in the world.
Phil Jones of Manchester United can play as a defensive midfielder and also played a few games as a full back, but his natural position is in the center of defence. He’ll be extremely important in stabling the ship when Nemanja Vidić and Rio Ferdinand leave Manchester United.
Mats Hummels, the Dortmund and Germany center back is already one of the best defenders in the world. Wanted by Manchester United and Barcelona, this guy has everything a central defender needs – strength, positioning, composure and leadership. He even looks damm good. He will lead Germany to international success.
He is not about chasing and crushing poor playmakers, but Sergio Busquets just might be the best defensive midfielder in the world right now, and he is only 23. “Busquets will be the first name on the team sheet.” said Pep Guardiola before the 2011 CL Final. There is no better compliment than this.
Jack Wilshere is already a fan favorite at Arsenal, and he might just be the reason Arsene Wenger let Cesc Fabregas leave to Barcelona. Wilshere is destined to be a leader for Arsenal and England for many years. He is also going to be a pivotal character in making England a more “continental” team – maybe with him in midfield they will finally learn how to keep possession when needed.
It was a decision between Mario Götze and Mesut Özil, and I choose the Dortmund youngster. That’s because he is a player that turns a fast team into an ultra-fast unit, and because eventually he’ll be more important to Germany than Özil, who is almost an old-fashioned No. 10 who takes a second or two to weigh up his options. Even though he is only 19 years old, Götze has already played an important part for a championship-winning team, notching up 6 goals and 11 assists last season.
Arsene Wenger said ”If I had the money today, I’d put it on Neymar“. Pele suggested that Santos’ striker is even better than Messi. If he can eradicate European defences at the same rate he does so inBrazil – well, he just might be the the greatest thing since sliced bread.
Alan Dzagoev – the Russian playmaker will lead the national team to the 2018 World Cup, which his country will host.
M’Baye Niang – The sixteen year old is the youngest player inCaen’s history to play a senior match, and the second youngest player to score in the history of the French Ligue 1. He is currently watched by some of the biggest clubs in Europe. The next Thierry Henry?
Eden Hazard – The winger is on his way to Real Madrid, where he will form a formidable partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo. He will be pivotal in Madrid’s future fights with Barca in Spain and Europe.
Javi Martínez – The defensive midfielder will become a main player in one of the biggest clubs in the world. He is the future Spain captain.
Micah Richards – Manchester City’s future captain can be City’s John Terry – the homegrown leader of the new force in English football. If he is half as successful as Terry was, he’ll be remembered as one of the most important figures in European football.
Just left out:
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Xherdan Shaqiri, Iker Muniain, Wayne Rooney, Nani, Georginio Wijnaldum, Christian Eriksen, Mario Balotelli.