My Perfect Player #2
Brain – Manuel Rui Costa
A magnificent footballer, he was truly steps ahead of the game. Always had an image in his mind of what would happen in the game and had a superb eye for a pass and often chipped in with the odd spectacular goal – England in Euro 2004 pops up in my mind.
Head – Hernan Crespo
He could head the ball with power, precision and incredible accuracy. Always in the right place at the right time too, meant he was a clinical striker and one that in his prime was near unstoppable.
Eyes – Paul Scholes
Scholes’ vision made him one of the best midfielders of his generation. The nickname ‘Sat Nav’ didn’t come from nowhere, as he could see things others couldn’t and then pick the perfect pass. No wonder he had so many players sing his praises in his final season.
Mouth – Roy Keane
He was a leader on and off the field, for club and country and was an excellent example to youngsters. Born for success, he knew when something had to be said, and what needed to be said. Could run a game by himself and took each game by the scruff of the neck.
Lungs – Cafu
Legendary Brazilian full back just didn’t know how to stop running. Even at the age of 34 while at AC Milan, he could be seen charging up the touchline looking for the pass in stoppage time. A real engine and a model for fitness. Great player too.
Left foot – Lionel Messi
Closely run by Raul Gonzalez, Messi’s left foot scrapes it due to the moments of magic he can produce. A truly magnificent player, the ball sticks to his foot when dribbling and it’s almost impossible to stop him when he’s in full flow.
Right foot – Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane, for me, is the greatest player in the modern era of football. He had everything in his right foot. Control, accuracy, shooting power and more. The perfect right foot.