World Sport XI

Discussion in 'The Beautiful Game' started by Syncope, Aug 30, 2002.

  1. Syncope

    Syncope New Member

    Mar 28, 2002 has released its "ranking of the best players in the world at their respective positions for the 2001-02 season."

    GK: Oliver Kahn - Germany - B. Munich
    D: Roberto Carlos - Brazil Real - Madrid
    D: Lucio - Brazil - B. Leverkusen
    D: Rio Ferdinand - England - Man Utd
    D: Cafu - Brazil - AS Roma
    M: Michael Ballack - Germany - B. Munich (Leverkusen)
    M: Zinedine Zidane - France - Real Madrid
    M: Freddie Ljungberg - Sweden - Arsenal
    M: David Beckham - England - Man Utd
    F: Ronaldo - Brazil - Inter Milan (Barca)
    F: Raul - Spain - Real Madrid

    My opinion: While the list mostly has players on it that deserve to be there, I take exception with a few of them. (1) Ronaldo, while having come back to form, didn't actually play a 2001-02 season. (2) Roberto Carlos seems to have reached the list by association. Playing for Real Madrid (CL winners) and Brazil (WC winners) looks good on his resume, but I'd say there are other better players at the same position. He's a very good player, not doubt, but his reputation certainly exceeds his abilities. With the proper tactic it's actually quite easy to pin him back in his half, and all of a sudden he loses all of his effectiveness. (3) The same, but to a lesser degree, goes for David Beckham, although I'd certainly give him an award for being the most dangerous set-piece player (which is important). (4) I haven't made up my mind on Ljungberg, but am surprised to see him in the list. Arsenal fans can probably fill me in.

    Looks like a list of good players and good politics. Missing: Edgar Davids? Probably. Van Nistelrooy? For sure; take out Ronaldo.
  2. lanman

    lanman BigSoccer Supporter

    Aug 30, 2002
    Where's Pires?
    Ferdinand seems to be in on the basis of the World Cup alone. His club form was good, but not great, and his England performances (away from Japan/Korea) were not particularly awe-inspiring. Ronaldo should not be there for the reasons mentioned - Trezeguet, Van Nistelrooy or Henry would be better choices. I would also take issue with Zidane. His good games are great, but he has far too many poor games for a player with his reputation, and often is praised for just flashy play. Beckham was awesome for the first few and the last couple of months, but didn't have the overall consistancy. I thought Emerson at Roma had a fantastic season, it's just a shame he decided to have a go in goal before the World Cup.

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