posted in Specials
by Sarthak Sharma
on 20th May 2020
My Best XI: Lenny Rodrigues
Rugged At The Back
My favourite XI is one that combines modern footballing quality with the sheer ruggedness of yesteryear.
This is why I have chosen the experience and big match presence of Gianluigi Buffon between the sticks, with some Brazilian magic down the left in the form of Marcelo.
There are few better right backs in the world than Dani Alves, whose trophy count speaks for itself, and in central defence I have gone for solidity in the form of Vincent Kompany and Leonardo Bonucci.
I truly believe that this is a backline that is almost impossible to penetrate, and will set the foundations for the creativity that is still to come.
A Stacked Midfield
Being a midfielder myself, I understand the importance of having the right players in the centre of the park.
Toni Kroos is one of the most resolute midfielders in the world, and his class is there for all to see. He’s won big tournaments and is one of the coolest players under pressure, and is an easy choice in midfield.
Accompanying him is another highly successful midfielder in Sergio Busquets, who is a brilliant passer and one of the best defensive midfielders in the world today.
The trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr. and Lionel Messi have lit up the world of football for many years now, and if I was to incorporate them all in my team, I’d have Ronaldo play down the left, Neymar on the right and Messi as a number 10 to allow their creativity to shine.
One Man Army Up Front
My sole striker would be a player who has impressed everyone at a very young age.
Kylian Mbappe is proof that if you’re good enough, you’re old enough. Since he started at AS Monaco, he has been scoring goals for fun, and has taken that good form into Paris Saint-Germain and even helped France win the FIFA World Cup.
With the maturity and quality of Messi, Neymar and Ronaldo around, I think Mbappe is more than capable of leading the line on his own.