Picking One Player to Build a Football Team Around

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Picking One Player to Build a Football Team Around
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It sounds like an easy assignment, but it’s anything but.

Here’s the scenario: you are the manager of a newly formed football club and you can pick one player—any player, but only one—around whom to build your team.

Let that roll around in your head for a moment.

There are reasonable arguments to be made for a handful of world-class players of various positions. A natural goalscorer is always nice to have, but then again a creative midfielder turns most of his teammates into weapons. And what about top goalkeeper or stud defender? Your club won’t get very far if it leaks goals.

In the following slides I have laid out some of the traits I considered in making my selection. Hopefully they’ll explain why I chose the player I did. In the second-to-last slide I reveal the position of the player, and in the final slide I divulge who he is.

Let’s get to it.

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