What is the perfect modern footballer, and how do we define it?
The way the game is changing, the very smartest of managers are looking to mould players into versatile, physical monsters who can contribute in every phase of play.
Arrigo Sacchi suggested this was the way the game would go in 1987, and he appears belatedly correct—the rise of the physically dominant, committed man has replaced the specialist.
The Juan Roman Riquelmes and the Claude Makeleles of this world are fading. Here is the new breed of success.