What is the World's best XI?
The World's best team
I'm aware I may be starting off a debate as fierce as they come among football fans, but the topics that get everyone talking (well at least my friends and I) is surely the most noteworthy, right? Well, in my opinion, here is a team blended together with the finest players our game has to offer. I doubt that you will need such an invitation, but feel free to disagree in the comments section.
Is there really any debate? The first goalkeeper to make the shortlist for the Ballon D'or deserves the praise such an achievement warrants. Having kept 13 clean sheets in 16 Bundesliga games this season, the Bayern stopper has the stats to add to his obvious qualities. If you consider his imperious club form alongside the solidity and confidence he inspired in his German teammates throughout their world cup victory, he's head and shoulders (excuse the Joe Hart pun) above the rest.
Right back - Branislav Ivanovic
This was possibly the toughest position to choose for several reasons, the primary one being that as an Arsenal fan it's tough including any Chelsea players, but Ivanovic has earned it. He may not pose the attacking threat of a peak Dani Alves, or the ball playing ability of Philip Lahm, yet he has one pivotal factor on his side - I've never seen anyone get past him. This is probably the reason that he's been a stalwart of one of Europe's tightest defences for several seasons, plus he's good for a few goals from set pieces a season. As right backs go, he's as reliable as they come.
Right Centre Back - Vincent Kompany
Possibly the most complete central defender to grace the premier league, the Man City skipper has it all. He's quick, strong and an expert at nicking the ball; for a striker he must be an absolute nightmare. His importance to his club side is so significant that his recent return from injury has prompted four clean sheets from five games and a seven match winning run. It's no coincidence that when Kompany plays, City usually win.
Left Centre Back - Sergio Ramos
If you're looking for a big game player, they don't come much better than Ramos. The ever-present Spain and Real Madrid star has started every El Clasico since he's been at his club, scoring three goals in the process; not a bad return for a defender. His winning goals in both semi final matches against Bayern Munich in last season's Champions League, added to his last minute equaliser against city rivals Atletico in the final, makes him an automatic choice in this team.
Left Back - David Alaba
Perhaps the most understated player in the team, Alaba has gone from strength to strength in recent years. He has grown in stature both physically and mentally since being trusted with the permanent left back spot, even adding a few big goals against the likes of Juventus and Dortmund to his name. With the ability to play left back, left midfield and central midfield, it's no wonder he's such a pivotal player for both club and especially country, where he holds the Austria armband.
Right Central Midfield - Luka Modric
Since the relative demise of the Spain national team, their myriad of talented midfielders aren't held in the same esteem as in previous campaigns. It seems it's time for a new midfield king, and Modric has all the attributes to be that man. Going from a bit part player under Mourinho, the Croatian playmaker has grown in confidence since the appointment of Ancelotti and his performances have improved remarkably as a result. Bossing the game in the latest El Clasico, inspiring Madrid to a 3-1 win, Modric has propelled himself to Europe's finest midfielder.
Left Central Midfield - Blaise Matuidi
I know, this one is a bit of a curveball. Matuidi may not have the 'household name' profile, or the aesthetically pleasing style of play to endear him to football fans, but this team needs a defensive minded player and Matuidi is that man. He covered 50.1km during France's world cup campain, which is over 10km per game, one of the highest ratios at all of the world cup. When Sky Sports compiled a player profile for him, the weaknesses column was completely empty - speaks for itself.
Left wing - Cristiano Ronaldo
One of the easiest positions in the team to fill, I'm sure you won't need much convincing for Ronaldo's inclusion. One detail potentially up for debate is where the current Ballon D'or holder should play, perhaps inside left forward is more fitting to his position at Real, but I'm sure he'll manage to adapt.
Right wing - Arjen Robben
Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard were reputable rivals for this slot, but I feel the flying Dutchman just has the edge. Despite every defender in world football being fully aware of what Robben wants to do, few have actually stopped him. The Bayern winger has scored nine goals in thirteen games so far this season, alongside his record of either scoring or assisting in 40% of his Champions League games last season, he's adding an end product to his dazzling footwork and blistering speed.
Number 10 - Lionel Messi
Probably the best player to ever play the game, his inclusion was compulsory. I'm moving him from the position he pretty much invented, the false number 9, and playing him a bit deeper. To be honest it doesn't really matter where he plays, Messi is always the best player on the pitch.
Number 9 - Sergio Aguero
There are abundance of top quality strikers at the moment, so this would appear a difficult decision, but in the end it really wasn't. With a 0.75 goals per start ratio in his Manchester City career, it's not hard to see why Aguero has been so widely applauded. At times he has single-handedly dragged City over the line; a hat-trick against Bayern Munich the pinnacle of an incredible season to date. On current form 'Kun' is undoubtedly the best striker on the planet, and should his form continue, could be one of the best Premier League strikers of all time.
Aguero versus Bayern Munich
Remember it's just my opinion
The great thing about football is that everyone has an opinion, some are more agreeable than others, but everyone still has their opinion. A certain bias is catered in, for example some La Liga fans may have different choices for the right-back slot, which is understandable, but ultimately everyone is free to their opinion, and everyone loves arguing to justify it. Just don't get too angry if someone doesn't agree with you.