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5 one-star player international teams

In a game that fields 11 men on each side of the pitch, it is of little wonder as to why football is called a team game. The size of the pitch, which ...

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Top 5 / Top 10 09 Sep 2015, 19:34 IST
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In a game that fields 11 men on each side of the pitch, it is of little wonder as to why football is called a team game. The size of the pitch, which is over a 100 meters long and around 70 meters wide, requires all the players in the team to combine together and get the ball towards the goal.So it basically impossible to do it all with one man. A single player can’t make a brilliant tackle to win the ball, dribble past multiple players and score a goal. However, sometimes, in some teams, there is one exceptional player on whose shoulders lie the hopes and expectations of the team.Al Pacino could relate to this. He reprised the role as Don Michael Corleone in The Godfather III and was the only one to act according to the standards set in the first two movies. While Andy Garcia and the others were there to fill up the spaces, it was Pacino’s performance that drove the movie.Similarly, there are teams where the other 10 players are there just to plug the gaps and support the one man – the star of the team.And here are 5 such players who play that role in international football. 

#1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The 33-year-old has scored 56 goals for his country

Quite easily the greatest Swedish player of all time and definitely the most Zlatan player there is out there or, more accurately, the only one.

He is the top scorer for the Swedish National team and, with due respect to the some good players that they have, it could almost be claimed that Sweden are a team of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and 10 more. The former Barcelona forward has played 106 times for his country, scoring 56 goals in the process.  

When talking about pure stardom alone, the name that echoes the mind before anyone else’s, when the term ‘Sweden’ is heard, is that of Ibrahimovic. And why not? He has played for almost every top club in the world and is one of the most feared and revered strikers there ever has been.

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