Europe XI v South America XI Who would w
Europe XI v South America XI
Who would win: Europe or South America? (©GettyImages)
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo & Neymar feature in an all-star match between Europe & South America
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Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar v Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ronaldinho v Xavi. Now imagine all of those battles in one big, footballing showdown between Europe and South America.
Let’s take a look at the players that could be involved in what would be the greatest game of football ever played.
Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer | Germany
With Iker Casillas now on the wrong side of 30, Manuel Neuer is now arguably the greatest keeper in the world.
Left-back: Philipp Lahm | Germany
Yes, I realise that he now predominantly plays in the right-back position, but Philipp Lahm is just that good. The German captain is one of the only players in the world who looks comfortably on either flank.
Centre Back: Giorgio Chiellini | Italy
Experience and class personified, simply one of the greatest defenders in the game.
Centre-back: Carles Puyol | Spain
Captained Spain to world and European glory and a key figure in Barcelona’s domination in Europe – he clearly obtains great leadership skills.
Right-back: Sergio Ramos | Spain
Although having impressed in his new role at centre-back, Sergio Ramos’ pace and willingness to attack means he is one of the the best full-backs in the world.
Centre-midfield: Xavi | Spain
Tika-taka passing genius. Xavi’s overall pass-rate success for last season was an astounding 93%.
Centre-midfield: Andres Iniesta | Spain
Andres Iniesta’s vision and attacking threat have earned him four Ballon d’Or nominations in four years. One of the greatest midfielders to have ever graced the game.
Centre-midfield: Bastian Schweinsteiger | Germany
Aggressive in the tackle, outstanding passing ability, and a hammer of a right peg. Bastian Schweinsteiger is a German engine in midfield.
Right-wing: Cristiano Ronaldo | Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo has undoubtably proven himself in the top two players of the world and would be a distant first if it wasn’t for one pesky Argentinian.
Striker: Zlatan Ibrahimovic | Sweden
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has played for most of the best teams Europe has to offer: Ajax, Juventus, Intern Milan, Barcelona, Milan and now PSG. And most importantly, he has scored hatfuls of goals for each and every one. He is currently sitting on 25 goals in 27 appearances for PSG.
Left-wing: Gareth Bale | Wales
Gareth Bale has established himself as one of the world’s hottest young talents this season, with some pundits crediting him with carrying Spurs’ top-four hopes alone this season.
Goalkeeper: Julio Cesar | Brazil
With first-team football coming thick and fast at QPR this season, Julio Cesar has established himself as Brazil’s number one. With QPR scrapping away at the bottom of the table, Cesar has claimed much credit in their battle to remain in the Premier League.
Left-back: Javier Zanetti | Argentina
At 39 years old, Javier Zanetti is simply a footballing miracle. Another product of the Serie A ‘vintage’ era, he brings a bit of everything to the table.
Centre-back: David Luiz | Brazil
David Luiz has coped well with his rotation role at Chelsea. His attacking threat coming from any small opportunity that comes his way. Exciting Brazilian flair coming from centre back is simply an opportunity not to be missed.
Centre-back: Javier Mascherano | Argentina
After proving himself as a solid holding player at both Liverpool and initially Barcelona, Javier Mascerano has now proved he his equally as disciplined and reliable at centre back.
Right-back: Daniel Alves | Brazil
There is really only one choice for this position, and Daniel Avles has shown that season after season in a Barcelona shirt.
Centre-midfield: Oscar | Brazil
Since his move to Chelsea in January, the 21-year-old starlet has been seeking to impress when given his chances under Rafael Benitez. Battling for places with the…