Yep, the former Real Madrid man has chosen loyalty and delusion, over sense and logic as to who is the greatest left-back in football…
“Marcelo is the best in the world, making football more real.”
That just stinks of someone who has played for Real Madrid and Brazil. Yeah, yeah, we’re sure your pals, and swap stories salivating over some Brazilians birds doing the cha-cha.
But, the bottom line is, there’s no way Marcelo is the best left-back in the world. Alright, fair enough, good going forward, can sometimes produce skills on a par with Neymar, but defensively?! No, no, I wouldn’t trust him as far as I could throw him.
Maybe Roberto is just jealous of his hair, and wants a loan…
“Technically he [Marcelo] is better (than I was). I was more power and punch.”
I’m sorry, Roberto, absolutely not, mate. We don’t care how much you love the lad, there’s no way he’s technically better than you. You were by far one – if not – the greatest left-back ever, a combination of everything, including a technical ability from set-pieces which should have created a new name around Real Madrid, “Los Bendos”.
Sorry, I’l get my coat.
Have a look at the early season trailblazers: A European XI based on this season’s form…
One of two goalkeepers to have only conceded six goals in the top four leagues so far this season, but gets in ahead of Manuel Neuer based on the fact that he doesn’t give us nightmares.
Sevilla are missing Unai Emery about as much as rock music misses Nickelback, thriving under new boss Jorge Sampaoli both domestically and in Europe. The left-back has won Man of the Match in a third of his league starts, surging forward to great effect whilst remaining a rock at the back.
Having left Neuer out of the team, it was only fair that we included a Bayern defender in the side. It could easily have been new signing Judas Iscariot, er sorry, Mats Hummels – the German having formed a formidable partnership with Spaniard Martínez after only a handful of games together.
Piqué apparently broke the ice with Shakira by texting her asking how the weather was in South Africa, with the Colombian having landed for the World Cup opening ceremony before the Spanish squad. He admitted it was a stupid question, but revealed she replied with a long paragraph detailing all the temperature changes since she’d arrived. Thank God the defender has better football skills than conversational.
Villarreal have laughed in the face of suggestions they would struggle without Eric Bailly by conceding only seven goals in 11 games this term.
Their right-back, Mario, has been a big part of this solidity, ranking highly in both La Liga tackles and interceptions.
‘The Mouse from Rome’, as Anderson is confusingly known, is playing excellently for Lazio, helping them to fourth place.
The Brazilian has become more and more important to Gli Aquilotti since his arrival in 2013, as his goal and four assists this season demonstrate.
It could be argued that several players are the most important to a winning Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Casemiro and Sergio Ramos all with a case. Kroos, too, can consider himself in with a shout, his metronomic style never seeming to let down even with Real’s unimpressive start to 2016/17.
The Bosnian created Pjanic on the streets of Rome (I know that joke has been done so many times already, but it’s just too tempting) when he left for rivals Juventus this summer, and that Pjanic (again, sorry) has been justified by a big improvement following a slow start that has left the people of Torino trying to remember the name of that guy they had playing centre midfield last season while they sit comfortably ahead of Roma in top spot.
The little wizard has started the year in incredible fashion, appearing to have found consistency to go with talent that was never doubted.
Any of Liverpool’s fluid front three of Coutinho, Firmino and Mane but it is the former Inter man who probably just shades it.
Now, if you’ve met Anthony, you’ll know that he’s far too Modeste to accept inclusion in this list.
Bad jokes aside, the Frenchman has fired in the joint-most goals across Europe since the season started, with 11 for Koln already.
After taking a year off last season, Eden Hazard is finally back looking like the type of player who could break into the world’s top three.
We can’t think why Hazard wasn’t getting along with The Special One, but a combination of his form and Mourinho’s could see the Belgian steal that nickname.