We all love a little fantasy football or soccer,
but who would you put in a dream eleven?
Included are: 1 Goalkeper, 1 Right Back, 1 Left Back, 2 Central Defenders, 1 Right Midfielder, 2 Central Midfielders, 1 Left Midfielder and 2 Strikers.
I am taking talent from all over the world. I shall explain why they are in the Dream Team.
Any thoughts or different choices please leave comments...
Shay Given. Goalkeeper. Age 33. Manchester City and Republic Of Ireland
Now I understand there are many goalkeepers that could be chosen—Buffon, Cesar, Van Der Sar, Casillas, Valdes—but those four mentioned all play for some of the biggest clubs in the world, clubs where they have world class defenders in front of them.
But this season I have seen Shay Given make so many game winning saves it is unbelievable. It's no surprise that Newcastle got relegated after selling the man who was the last line of defense in their weak defence.
Now he is at the richest club in the world, Manchester City, and can now get the recognition he deserves.
Substitute: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid & Spain)
Maicon Douglas Sisenando. Age 27. Right Back. Internazionale & Brazil
Brazil have the toughest choice in the world: who should they play at right back? Will it be the best right back in the world, Maicon, or the best right back in the world Dani Alves?
They are equals. But Maicon has one bonus: he's attacking. He can run at players, create—and score—goals. And he can defend, his ability to get back to support his defense after an attack is his key skill.
Since last season he has developed from a good player to a world class player. His enthusiasm is brilliant and he should be going to a more prosperous club this summer (not that Inter is a bad choice).
Substitute: Glen Johnson (Portsmouth & England)
Like Maicon he can attack, create and score goals. He is a very strong tackler and man marker and is full of energy. He will move to Liverpool, Chelsea or Man City soon to further develop.
Ashley Cole. Age 28. Left Back. Chelsea & England
I love attacking full backs. But so many don't get back to defend or simply can't defend as well as they can attack.
But Ashley Cole, like Maicon, is one of a few exceptions. At 28 he already has 71 caps for England and ten years of experience with two of the best clubs in the world.
When he left Arsenal for Chelsea it seemed like he lost something. But whatever it was he certainly regained it this season and has had the season of his life! He's been a Champions League runner up twice, two Premier League titles, he's won a record five FA Cups and has the trophy wife.
Substitute: Phillip Lahm (Bayern Munich & Germany)
Always been a fan of this guy. Possibly the ultimate left back but needs more medals to prove it!
Steven Gerrard. Age 29. Central Midfielder. Liverpool & England
How has Stevie G never even been considered for the World Player Of The Year? Even Zidane says he is the best player in the world. I rate him as much as Kaka.
We can see what he can do every week for Liverpool. He has loads of energy, making big runs all the way into the penalty box and getting back to cover his defenders weekly.
He is tough but classy, passes the ball smoothly, holds it and looks up to pick out a player better than anyone, he has pace and can shoot—and score—from anywhere.
But unlike Kaka, Gerrard is a leader, remember how he lead Liverpool to that famous comeback against Milan, and Kaka. Considering Liverpool haven't quite been AC Milan or Real Madrid in recent years, you have to wonder what he would be like playing in a team full of Fernando Torres-like players!
Substitute: Kaka (Real Madrid & Brazil)
Yes, I would leave the current Most Expensive Player In The World on the bench. Michael Essien could also make the side but needs to have a good run of fitness before he can regain his potential.
Nemanja Vidic. Age 27. Central Defender. Manchester United & Serbia
Vidic is the best defender in the world. He beats every attacker to the ball in a 50:50 situation, whether it's in the air or on the ground. His man marking—like teammate Rio Ferdinand—is the best in the world and uses his strength and determination to fight an opponent off the ball.
Rarely puts a foot wrong, but has been known to mess up in the big games—v. Liverpool and v. Barcelona this year.
Substitute: Fabio Cannavaro (Real Madrid & Italy)
Cannavaro is getting on and is nowhere near the form he showed in 2006. But he is still one of the best in my view and his determination to win the ball still shows.
John Terry. Age 28. Central Defender. Chelsea & England
Now I haven't always been a fan of some of J.T's antics—like kissing teammates and demanding more money—but his old school defending style of crunch tackling, fighting for the ball and booting it away is worth all the money and kisses he could want.
Why is he so deadly in the air? At both ends? It's not just because he is one of the best headers. It's because he wants to get to that ball more than anyone! And he has so much passion for his play, club and country. The best solid defender since Bobby Moore? Maybe.
Substitute: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid & Spain)
He is one great young player with so many skills but his inability to decide whether he is an attacking right back or a solid centre back hurts his play.
Cristiano Ronaldo. Age 24. Winger/Striker. Real Madrid & Portugal
Whether you love him or hate him you can't deny his amazing talent. If his one fault on the pitch is his lack of teamwork, then the skill and wonder strikes that are the result of his selfishness are certainly the best worldwide.
And no one can deny his ability to win a match on his own. And his energy is incredible. He can pop up anywhere on the field. Not to mention his skills with a dead ball. He can score from anywhere and really he was a good team player at Manchester United.
But in Spain he will have more space and time to beat players so expect him to win the World Player Of The Year again very soon...
Substitute: Frank Ribery (Bayern Munich & France)
He could be the most attacking midfielder in the world. But needs to prove himself at a bigger club first. But he could be the only man in the world that could challenge Ronaldo in this position.
Andres Iniesta. Age 25. Central Midfielder. Barcelona & Spain
The time has come for a new superstar and his name is Andres Iniesta. He just beats out teammate Xavi because Iniesta is so creative.
Nicknamed "El Ilusionista" by the Barcalona fans who adore him, Iniesta can pass the ball, hold it and create opportunities no other players in the world could match. He truly is a little Maestro. And this was proven in the Champions League Final when Iniesta and Xavi dominated Manchester United for the whole game.
Substitute: Frank Lampard (Chelsea & England)
It takes a lot to beat Xavi, but Lamps just does it. His ability to be the soul of the team is incredible. Lampard is the ultimate midfielder and the only reason he is not in the starting line up is because I don't think he can play with players of Iniesta and Gerrards class as they only get in each others way, as he wouldn't have the freedom on the ball he gets at Chelsea.
Wayne Rooney. Age 23. Striker/Forward. Manchester United & England
Rooney is set to become a legend of the game. His all round quality is something no other forward posseses—apart from Messi. His ability to run with the ball and create chances is as important as his goal scoring ration. And his beautiful technique with the ball is like no other.
Forget your step overs and Cruyff turns, Rooney can bring down a ball, side step and beat any defender like no one else, and best of all it nearly always results in a goal scoring chance.
His aggression can let him down but also makes him the player and leader he is.
Substitute: Luis Fabiano (Sevilla & Brazil)
It's only been in the last season he has come into his own, and following his displays at the Confederations Cup he is the best normal goal scorer in the game. He slips into positions and scores simple - but skillfull - goals. A goal machine who now needs a bigger club.
Fernando Torres. Age 25. Striker. Liverpool & Spain
Torres has gone from boy wonder at Atletico Madrid to World Class at Liverpool. His link up with players is brilliant—just look at his record with Gerrard, Xavi and Villa—and his goalscoring record is second to none.
He has been at Liverpool for two seasons and already is on his way to being their all-time goal scorer. His passion for football and his appreciation for what he has got make him a fan favourite world wide.
Despite Liverpool's failure to win anything since he joined them in 2007, Torres claims he wants to stay at Liverpool to become one of their all time greats! You can't find too many players like that today. On the big stage he has proven to be a goal machine, scoring the winner that secured Spains first major trophy in 44 years. What next? World Cup or Premier League title?
Substitute: Samuel Eto'o (Barcelona & Cameroon)
No one can take away his goal scoring record. Eto'o beats the highest paid player in the world, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, because they have got their salaries the wrong way round. Eto'o is an impact player.
Lionel Messi. Age 21. Striker/Winger. Barcelona & Argentina
Messi has the potential to be as legendary as Pele and Maradona. He is the meaning of 'beautiful football'. And after his displays against Manchester United it is hard to believe he is only 21.
Already a legend at Barcelona he can only get better. His skill on the ground and brilliant instinct makes him the future of football. And despite his small size he is quite the fighter and shocked Man United with his surprising jump to beat Ferdinand and head in the second goal in the Champions League Final.
Substitute: Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal & Russia)
There is something about Arshavin. He only played 4 months in the Premier League last season and was already a candidate for player of the season, scoring 6 goals and getting 7 assists in 15 games ! Watch out for him.