AS Monaco are the football production line of France, much like River Plate and Boca Juniors are in Argentina, and Southampton seem to be becoming in England; the French outfit have had some wonderful talents come through the doors of Stade Louis II.
They may not have nurtured all the stars that have gone on to become household names in football, but the very fact that some of the game’s biggest names wanted to pull on the shirt of the Monégasques speaks volumes about the calibre of the club.
The mix of world-class talent and youthful exuberance, makes picking their all-time best XI a tricky task but we eventually plumped for a fairly attacking 4-3-3 formation.
Honourable mentions must go to Jurgen Klinsmann and David Trezeguet, who were very unlucky to miss out – not bad options from the bench, though!
In terms of reputation, Monaco aren’t currently considered as one of Europe’s elite clubs, but which teams of today of a similar reputation could put together a best ever XI like this? Not many at all. In fairness, Monaco are probably deserving of a lot more credit than they get. Manchester City were fairly pleased when they drew them in the Champions League but it very nearly went wrong in the first-leg.
As it’s looking more and more likely Arsene Wenger will be leaving the Gunners this year, perhaps he can come home and manage this side to glory?!