Spanish-language website tuhistory.com has added a nice little feature in which you can name your best World Cup XI of all time. Above is my chosen team. I did not use stats or anything in order to compile it – the only criterion I decided to use was that no-one who had not won the tournament could be included.
I kinda wanted to include Xavi Hernández, who I still consider to be the greatest footballer of all-time based on his body of work, but: 1) Sergio Busquets‘ 2010 World Cup was damn near flawless, particularly his performance in the Final; 2) Lothar Matthäus sort of has to be in there due to his longevity and consistency.
Set out in a 4-4-2 the team looks totally anarchic but ideally it would play in a 4-1-3-2, with Busquets in front of the back two (Cafu and Roberto Carlos would go forward, naturally) and the third-band three in more-or-less free roles. Normally that sort of setup would carry a risk but I think Matthäus, Diego Maradona and Zinedine Zidane could be trusted.
If you disagree with my XI – and let’s be honest, you do – you can pick your own XI here.