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Arjen Robben picks his ultimate XI

10.98K   //    29 Nov 2016, 18:02 IST
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Arjen Robben has played alongside some of the world’s best

Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben picked his dream XI from his current teammates at the German club and his former teammates at Chelsea, Real Madrid and the Netherlands national team. The 32-year-old has enjoyed the luxury of playing with some exceptional footballers throughout his career and so, it is no surprise that his team looks absolutely formidable.

Robben named his ultimate XI in a 4-1-4-1 formation and he chose German national team skipper, Manuel Neuer in goal. Neuer is considered as one of the most complete goalkeepers in the history of the game and even if he and Robben had not shared a dressing room, the Dutchman had options as he has played with Iker Casillas and Petr Cech.

He named his former Chelsea colleague John Terry and Real Madrid and Spanish national team captain Sergio Ramos in the heart of the defence. Terry and Ramos are two of the best central defenders that modern football has seen and a partnership of the duo would have been extremely intimidating for strikers.

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Bayern Munich pair Philipp Lahm and David Alaba complete the back four of Robben’s dream team. Lahm, nicknamed the magic dwarf, was arguably the best right back in Europe during the peak of his career and Alaba, who is the captain of the Austrian national team, is one of the most sought after left backs in the continent right now.

The 32-year-old named a proper holding midfielder in the form of Mark van Bommel in his team. The tough-tackling midfielder, who made the centre of the pitch his own territory, was the first foreign captain of Bayern Munich. To complement the former Netherlands international in midfield, Robben chose Frank Lampard and Wesley Sneijder and the flanks are occupied by Thomas Muller and Franck Ribery.

The Dutch winger chose former Real Madrid and Manchester United player Ruud van Nistelrooy as the lone forward. Nistelrooy, who currently serves as the assistant manager of the Netherlands national team, has finished as the leading scorer in the Premier League, La Liga and Eredivisie.

Robben’s team looks simply brilliant on paper and it would have been a joy to watch to all these phenomenal players take the field in the same colours.

The Dutchman himself is a wonderful player and has won numerous honours during his stellar career including two Premier League titles, one La Liga title, five Bundesliga titles and the UEFA Champions league crown. He was named in the UEFA team of the year twice and has finished fourth in the race for the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2014.


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