Christmas Shopping!

The festive season is upon us, and amongst other things, that means that the transfer window is almost here too. And with Man City sitting in 17th position in the Premier League, their Arab owners may be looking to do a bit of shopping quite soon.
With that in mind I thought it would be fun to pick a team of superstars for Man City to target. It’s hugely unrealistic and would never happen, but hey, picking the best team in the world is a surprisingly tricky thing to do, especially when catering for the Arab’s probable desire for that ‘superstar’ factor to really raise City’s profile.
So here is an estimation of what City’s Arab owners Christmas Lists may look like, and a damn fine list it is too.

Santa is going to need a substantially bigger sack to cart this lot to Eastlands...

Santa is going to need a substantially bigger sack to cart this lot to Eastlands...

GK – Gianluigi Buffon
When it comes to goalkeepers, one can’t really look past the Italian number one. The most expensive goalkeeper in the world, he has been at the top of the pile for many a year, and while in recent seasons a few contenders to his crown have emerged, City’s search for superstars will lead inevitably to the iconic Buffon.

RB – Sergio Ramos
The young Spaniard is widely regarded as the best right back in the world despite his tender years, and consistent performances for Madrid over the past few seasons as well as a great showing in Spain’s triumphant Euro 2008 campaign made sure the world sat up and took notice. He is a solid defender but also has the flair and attacking skills to be a proper wing back and torment his opposite number. He’d be my choice at right back any day.

CB – John Terry
JT is everything a centre half should be: big, bustling, solid and committed. But he’s so much more than that too. He is something of an icon for his dedication, his willingness to put everything on the line for the team’s cause. City’s owners will be all too aware of his prestige, and who better to lead the Man City revolution than England’s captain fantastic?

CB – Pepe
The marauding Portuguese centre back jumped to the world’s attention with his eye catching goal scoring exploits at Euro 2008, but anyone more familiar with him than that will know just how complete a player this guy is. Excellent tackling and positioning is complimented beautifully by stunning pace, which should cover Terry’s only weakness. He is also very good on the ball and can pick a pass which makes him a great ball playing defender, reminiscent of past greats like Franz Beckenbauer and Bobby Moore.

LB – Philipp Lahm
Lahm is a versatile German defender who is arguably up there with Michael Ballack as the German international side’s most important player. They have often lacked consistency from their top strikers, but Lahm, solid at the back, is also a major attacking force and never afraid to launch forward and weigh in at the business end of things. One must think back only to the opening goal of the 2006 World Cup to see what Lahm is all about, and there’s no doubting that he would bring a lot to any defensive unit.

DM – Miguel Veloso
Another young Portuguese player, the Sporting Lisbon man is highly regarded around the world for his all round game. His excellent range of passing and combative tackling make him a great holding midfielder, who can break up the opponents attacks then start some of his own. He has formed a formiddable partnership with fellow youngster Joao Moutinho at Sporting but more and more often he is being mentioned in the same sentence as a host of top clubs, maybe Man City will try and snap him up.

AMR – Christiano Ronaldo
Of course, when picking a fantasy team of the best of the best, the right hand side can belong to only one player at this moment in time, with the Ballon D’Or winner widely regarded as the finest player in the world at the moment. There is no denying his threat, either via his direct running with the ball at his feet; his deadly shooting from long range and free kicks; or indeed his aerial prowess. If City’s owners are truly looking to upstage their Mancunian rivals then there is no better way to do it than to lure their prize asset across the city…

AMC – Kaka
Another of the ‘holy trinity’ of the world game at the moment, Kaka’s talent is undeniable. With astounding technique and vision, few players can match the Brazilian’s creative instinct, and his dribbling and finishing skills make him a real threat of his own too. Having been at Milan for quite a long time now, Kaka could well be tempted to join fellow Brazilian Robinho at City’s revolution – but hey, we’re not going for realism here, just imagine Kaka and Ronaldo in the same team; not to mention…

AML – Leo Messi
Little Lionel Messi is probably the most gifted player in the world at the moment – that’s my opinion anyway. His affinity with the ball is incredible, it seems to be bewitched to never leave his foot and the quickness of his feet is just incredible. Comparisons to Maradonna are inevitable, but after scoring a near identical goal in the Spanish Cup last year, and showing almost limitless talent, they are perhaps not unwarranted. He is a match winner in so many ways too, deadly accuracy with both passing and finishing mean that all it takes is a second and the Argentinain can make something happen. Along with Ronaldo and Kaka, he is one of the top three players in the world, and Man City would just love to collect them all.

STK – Robinho
I probably wouldn’t have picked Robinho in my team if he had not already been at Man City, but seeing as they spent such a phenomenal amount of money on him and the fact that their beating Chelsea to his signature announced their arrival as true heavyweights, he sort of has to stay. That said, he is a great talent, mercurial dribbling make him a nightmare to play against, and his pace and finishing, when combined with such creativity as this team boasts, would be near unstoppable.

FC – Fernando Torres
After years at Atletico Madrid with constant talk about when and where he would go and how he would be the best in the world, it seems Torres’ rise to claim that title has been quite rapid. Everyone in the footballing world knew what a talent he was, but his impact in his first Premier League season showed just how good he is. The complete striker with pace, power and phenomenal finishing, he is rightly regarded by many as the finest striker in the world. It’s just a shame he plays for Liverpool, so hopefully City can change that…

Manager – ???
While they are out shopping, Mark Hughes will inevitably sat at home hoping that they don’t get rash and decide to appoint some sort of superstar manager too. While they have supposedly given him their backing, I wouldn’t be surprised if Hughes’ own Christmas list had only one thing on it – to still be in his job this time next year.

So what do you think of my team? I must say, it is not my ‘World’s Best XI’, I did try and think from City’s point of view a little, but do tell me who would make up your team if you could pick from anyone and everyone. Thanks for reading.


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