Eidur Gudjohnsen's #One2Eleven
Former Barcelona, Chelsea and Spurs ace Eidur Gudjohnsen picks a stellar #One2Eleven.
Last Updated: 17/05/14 9:46am
The former Barcelona, Chelsea and Tottenham playmaker has plenty of top talent to choose from - but who makes his #One2Eleven of the best players he's played with in his career?
Read on to find out...
GOALKEEPER - VICTOR VALDES
It was a tough decision between Victor and Petr Cech but I've given it to Valdes just because he's slightly better with his feet than Petr is. He's very explosive, very quick off his line... he's my neighbour in Barcelona as well so that's probably why I've picked him!
RIGHT BACK - DANI ALVES
He was bought at the time for about 30m euros I think and people questioned whether that much money should be spent on a full-back and now, a few years later, I don't think anyone remembers how much he cost. He's got unbelievable energy, he's a great character in the dressing room, likes his music and samba-style dancing. He's one of those players who is always in a good mood and you need people like that.
LEFT BACK - GARETH BALE
It's probably not the position you'd get the most out of him but it's Gareth Bale. When he started Spurs seemed to lose all the time but as soon as he was played in a little bit of a more advanced role he really came of age. No one was talking about that run of games anymore, they were just talking about the potential and quality of Gareth Bale as a player.
CENTRE BACK - MARCEL DESAILLY
The rock, as we used to call him at Chelsea. A leader, a captain, a World Cup winner. I remember one training session and I think it was Jody Morris who came up to me after training, because I'd dribbled past Desailly and scored, he said 'if you can do that you can do it to anyone.'
CENTRE BACK - JAAP STAM
I had doubts between John Terry, Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique but I've gone for Jaap Stam and I can honestly say that his first training session, with me as a 17 year old, I looked at him and thought 'wow, who have we got here? He's nowhere near good enough to play at PSV'. But in a period of about six months he became probably the best defender in the world. He was one defender I did not want to go against in training or games. He was incredibly strong and you didn't want to mess about with him.
DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER - CLAUDE MAKELELE
The position has been named after him. He was the one player that kept the whole team together, always in the right position to break the attack down. You always had the feeling that if Makelele was in the team there was a balance and the shape of the team was spot on. But he was probably the only one you wouldn't look to to score a goal!
CENTRE MIDFIELD - ANDRES INIESTA AND XAVI
I'll do these two together because when they're on the pitch they belong together and we always seem to be talking about them in the same time. When you talk about the Barcelona team of recent years we talk about those two players controlling the game. Xavi will not lose the ball, Iniesta will always come up with something special. As players, we'd probably say Iniesta has more individual skill to beat his marker but Xavi has this unbelievable range of passing. The only thing I'd worry about, if I look at my three midfielders is they're not the tallest - but they make it up with their technical ability.
FORWARD - RONALDINHO
It wasn't that difficult a decision, I don't think. He's the most complete player I've seen in football. It wouldn't surprise me if he could get the ball to talk to him. He was that good he could do anything. He was very quick, very powerful. The one problem I had with him was he'd put so much disguise on his passing he'd even fool me!
FORWARD - RONALDO
The Brazilian Ronaldo. We signed in the same week for PSV. I was just a kid at 16 and he was already a man at 18. He had this unbelievable pace, scoring ability and dribbling ability. He could go past players as if they weren't there. I remember in his first season he was having a difficult time and they asked him at Christmas 'you've only got ten goals, how many do you think you'll score?' and without blinking he said '30'. Everyone raised their eyebrows but in the last game of the season, playing Feyenoord away and he'd got 28 goals. He got the ball two times and scored two goals and said 'there's your 30 goals'. When he was injury-free and fit I don't think anyone could stop him.
FORWARD - LIONEL MESSI
Do I need to explain why? I think he was 19 years old when I signed for Barcelona and I watched a fantastic player when I arrived develop into the best player in the world. The most astonishing thing was, it was like everyone knew he was going to be the best. He probably knew too and it was like the most natural thing in the world.