Adidas vs. Nike Super Match: Selecting the Nike World Football Best XI

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Adidas vs. Nike Super Match: Selecting the Nike World Football Best XI

Adidas or Nike? We continue our search to determine which brand boasts the better world football talent.

Part 1 of our series looked at Lionel Messi, Iker Casillas, Xavi, Arjen Robben and the amazing cast of talent for Adidas. Part 2, below, highlights the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Mesut Ozil and the best Nike has to offer.

We may even see our first American.

Over the last month, a dedicated panel of soccer writers and editors at Bleacher Report pared down the list of over 1,000 names associated with Adidas and Nike to just under 50 world-class players.

We selected the Best XI for both Adidas and Nike and then painstakingly filled out a seven-man bench and chose an additional five reserve players to serve as ambassadors. 

Today, we announce our Nike squad. Click here for the Adidas roster

After both rosters are announced, a worldwide panel of soccer experts has been asked to choose the better player at each position—think Messi vs. Neymar 11 times over—to help determine which brand has the more talented players.

Then, with the help of EA Sports and FIFA 12, we will simulate the match with our selected rosters to determine, once and for all, which team would win a super match between Adidas and Nike.

To see just how detailed our selections are, please click the subsequent pages to read our debate at each position. Obviously, your opinion on our selections is welcome in the comments.

For a full list of the Adidas and Nike players, compiled via Wikipedia and independently verified when applicable, click here.

Without further ado, here is the Nike Best XI and subs.

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