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My All-Time Best XI - Right Midfield

July 31, 2017

The defence and goalkeeper is sorted, and that was seemingly the easy bit. We’ve got a full midfield and attack to select so when it comes to picking a right midfielder, I’m not necessarily looking for the best ever out and out right winger, I’m looking for the world’s best attacking talent who has played on the right in their career. I already know who I’m picking for this slot, but here’s who’s made the shortlist…

 

George Best

 

 

 

 

”I think I’ve found you a genius” the scout report to Sir Matt Busby read, and it wasn’t wrong. The ultimate playboy of football, George Best had everything, on and off the pitch. Best produced some of the greatest performances in Manchester United history, six goals against Northampton in the FA Cup being a stand-out moment which is still a competition record to this day. He has cemented his place in Manchester United history, the original number 7 and one third of the holy trinity, on his day Best was quite simply the best.

 

Major Honours

 

English First Division (2)

European Cup (1)

 

Stand-out Achievement

 

Winning the European Cup with Manchester United in 1968, the club’s first

 

 

 

Stanley Matthews

 

 

 

 

Matthews was the first ever Ballon d’Or winner in 1956 whilst playing for Blackpool. Read that back. A Blackpool player has won the Ballon d’Or. Stanley Matthew was supremely talented but his longevity is what separates him from the rest, Matthews played his last competitive game of football at the age of 55! Sir Stanley Matthews, the only player to be knighted whilst still playing, had admirers from all over the globe, Pele and Beckenbauer being amongst them.

 

Major Honours

 

FA Cup (1)

 

Stand-out Achievement

 

Winning the first ever Ballon d’Or in 1956

 

 

 

Cristiano Ronaldo

 

 

 

 

Where do you start with this man? It would be quicker to tell you what he hasn’t achieved in football. The hunger and drive he has to win is on another level to anything I’ve ever seen. Four Ballon d’Ors, a fifth incoming, four Champions League titles, a European Championship, countless other awards, records and trophies – this kind of thing is all down to opinion, but I wouldn’t argue with anyone who said Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest player of all-time.

 

Major Honours

 

Premier League (3)

FA Cup (1)

La Liga (2)

Copa del Rey (2)

Champions League (4)

Club World Cup (3)

European Championship (1)

 

Stand-out Achievement

 

Winning the European Championship with Portugal in 2016

 

 

 

 

Garrincha

 

 

 

 

Pele is widely regarded as the main reason for Brazil’s success winning back-to-back World Cups in 1958 and 1962, but Garrincha was just as vital. In fact, when Pele and Garrincha started together, Brazil never lost a game. Garrincha won the Golden Ball, and the Golden Shoe at the 1962 World Cup and was named in the All-Star team at both tournaments.

 

Major Honours

 

World Cup (2)

 

Stand-out Achievement

 

Winning back-to-back World Cups with Brazil in 1958 and 1962

 

 

 

 

Luis Figo

 

 

 

 

Arguably Portugal’s greatest player since Eusebio, until Cristiano came along of course. Luis Figo, one of the few players to make the Barca-Madrid switch for a then world record £38m, won pretty much all there is to win at club level and narrowly missed out at the Euros with Portugal in 2004. A Ballon d’Or winner, World Player of the Year, and Portugal’s Player of the Year six years in a row, there isn’t much Figo didn’t accomplish in an illustrious career.

 

Major Honours

 

La Liga (4)

Copa del Rey (2)

Champions League (1)

Intercontinental Cup (1)

Serie A (4)

Coppa Itallia (1)

 

Stand-out Achievement

 

Winning the Champions League with Real Madrid in 2002

 

 

David Beckham

 

 

 

A graduate of the Class of ’92, David Beckham was one of the greatest ever crossers of the ball and a master of the dead ball. David Beckham won league titles in 4 different countries, represented some of the biggest clubs in world football, but his career defining moment came in the last minute of the 1999 Champions League final, helping Manchester United secure the treble, delivering the 2 corners that led to both goals to beat Bayern Munich in stoppage time.

 

Major Honours

 

Premier League (6)

FA Cup (2)

Champions League (1)

Intercontinental Cup (1)

La Liga (1)

MLS Cup (2)

Ligue 1 (1)

 

Stand-out Achievement

 

Winning the treble with Manchester United in 1999

 

 

 

 

So that’s the shortlist – It’s a no brainer for me, this guy (I hope) would make any All-Time XI. The right midfielder in my team is…

 

Cristiano Ronaldo

 

Currently the best player in the world, and quite possibly the best ever. A peak Cristiano Ronaldo would either be flying down the left or right flank wreaking havoc, he’s the first choice in my attack before it gets harder and harder to leave players out! Here’s how the team looks so far…

 

 

 

 

 

Next up is the left side of midfield. Who makes right wing in your All-Time Best XI? Tweet me  @zefutbolwriter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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