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My All-Time Best XI - Right Back

July 11, 2017

So, Iker Casillas pinched the Goalkeeper spot in my All-Time Best XI, now it’s time to pick a right back.It’s not easy, there’s plenty to choose from, but let’s see who made the shortlist…

 

Dani Alves

 

 

 

 

Anyone who was a starter for 8 consecutive years, in arguably the best team the world has ever seen in Barcelona, must be worth their salt. Dani Alves was, and probably still is, the perfect modern right back. Dani Alves’ contribution to the great Barcelona team may go slightly unrecognised thanks to the likes of Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi, but it absolutely shouldn’t be discounted. Still at 34 years of age, Dani Alves is involved in a transfer tug-of-war with PSG and Man City, which highlights just how good he still is, especially given the fantastic season he’s just enjoyed with another European giant in Juventus. On top of that, 100 caps for Brazil isn’t too shabby either…

 

Major Honours

 

La Liga (6)

Copa del Rey (5)

Serie A (1)

Coppa Itallia (1)

Champions League (3)

Club World Cup (3)

UEFA Cup (2)

Copa America (1)

Confederations Cup (2)

 

Stand-out Achievement

 

Winning the Treble with Barcelona in 2009

 

FIFA FIFPro World XI Entries – 6

 

 

Lillian Thuram

 

 

 

 

Not many players can say that they scored 2 goals in a World Cup Semi-Final to send their nation to the final, let alone a right back! Surprisingly, the most capped French player of all-time only scored 2 goals for his nation, they just happened to be really, really important goals in the same game. A solid right back who was part of the indestructible France team which won the World Cup and the Euros back to back in ’98 and ’00. His club career never really hit the same heights as his time with the national side, but that takes absolutely nothing away from one of the greatest right backs of our generation.

 

Major Honours

 

Serie A (2)

Coppa Italia (1)

Coupe de France (1)

Club World Cup (1)

World Cup (1)

European Championship (1)

Confederations Cup (1)

 

Stand-out Achievement

 

Winning World Cup ‘98 and Euro ‘00 consecutively with France

 

FIFA FIFPro World XI Entries – 1

 

 

Cafu

 

 

 

 

The most decorated right back in this shortlist without question, Cafu really is one of the game’s greats and what a career he’s had. Brazil’s record appearance maker and two World Cups means he’s Brazil’s best right back ever, but is he the greatest right back of all time? He’s recognised by many as the greatest and he’s also entered the AS Roma and AC Milan hall of fames.

 

Major Honours

 

Serie A (2)

Cup Winners Cup (1)

Champions League (1)

Club World Cup (1)

World Cup (2)

Copa America (2)

Confederations Cup (1)

 

Stand-out Achievement

 

Captaining Brazil to the 2002 World Cup

 

FIFA FIFPro World XI Entries – 1

 

 

 

Philipp Lahm

 

 

 

 

Bayern Munich’s go-to man for over a decade and a player, who in the end, achieved it all. A Treble with Bayern Munich in 2013 was perhaps the crowning moment in a glittering career if it wasn’t for Germany’s World Cup success in 2014. Philipp Lahm, quiet off the field but a leader and warrior on it who captained Germany to their first World Cup for 14 years. Retired too soon in some people’s opinions but went on a high, leading Bayern to their fifth consecutive Bundesliga title.

 

Major Honours

 

Bundesliga (8)

DFB-Pokal (6)

Champions League (1)

Club World Cup (1)

World Cup (1)

 

Stand-out Achievement

 

Captaining Germany to the 2014 World Cup

 

FIFA FIFPro World XI Entries - 2

 

 

 

Gary Neville

 

 

 

 

The ultimate one club man and without doubt the greatest right back England have ever had. A key component in the United juggernaut that plummeted United to the top of the world in the 90’s and early 00’s, Neville’s glory night came in May of ’99 where United completed an unprecedented treble in Barcelona. He’s still England’s most capped right back to this day and it turns out he’s not a bad pundit either!

 

Major Honours

 

Premier League (8)

FA Cup (3)

Champions League (2)

Club World Cup (1)

 

Stand-out Achievement

 

Winning the Treble with Manchester United in 1999

 

FIFA FIFPro World XI Entries – 0

 

 

 

So there's the nominees and the right back spot goes to…

 

Cafu

 

I don’t think there was anyone else, there’s been some great right backs who have rightfully cemented their place in football history, but Cafu seems a level above. He was named in World Soccer’s All-Time XI in 2013 and who am I to argue?The line up so far...

 

 

 

 

Next up, the centre backs – Keep an eye out for my next post. Who is the right back in your All-Time Best XI? Tweet me  @zefutbolwriter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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