David Villa seems rather obvious, as does Bastian Schweinsteiger, whose value and worldwide visibility has grown measurably with his fantastic campaign. Who was this Ballack fellow we were all talking about, anyway?
Clearly, a World Cup Best XI without Xavi and / or Andres Iniesta is just ridiculous. They are virtually interchangeable in my mind, by the way. I had to pick one, so …
But from there, it gets pretty darn tough.
Defense was particularly difficult. There was no standout who rose above the rest, the way
Even in goal, there was a tough choice. I went with Portugal's Eduardo, but you can make strong cases for Uruguay’s Fernando Muslera, Spain’s Iker Casillas, Germany’s young Manuel Neuer and perhaps even a couple of others.
At any rate, here are my choices. Remember, these are subjective. Everyone rates players a little differently. That doesn’t mean your selections are right or wrong … just not the same as mine.
Goalkeeper: Eduardo (
Defender: Maxi Pereira (
Midfielder: Bastian Schweinsteiger (
Forwards: David Villa (