Top 5 Goalkeepers
1) Iker Casillas
Top 5 Defenders
Top 5 Midfielders
Top 5 Strikers
3) Van Nistelrooy
What Arsenal really need is support in the box (someone you can rely on to show up in the box when needed), because sometimes, Henry or Pires or someone goes past the defender, and there's only 1 or 2 people in the box to cross to.
Who remembers Kanu's brilliant 5 minute or so hatrick against Chelsea to level it 3:3? Don't think he has played quite as well since.
if you think Salas should be in top 5 then where have you been?
Kluivert is nothing special. Examine his record. Del Piero is undoubtedly quality, but doesn't score enough goals.
Nedved is good but doesn't challenge the mighty Zidane (easily the worlds best player) or Scholes (underrated by fans, but very well respected in the game). Gerrard is one of the best all-round midfielders in the world.
Totti is not consistent enough.
Keane is a FORMER giant, and Ortega is well past it.
I take your point on defenders, but they are very hard to judge.
France are the best team in the world, without a doubt. They have quality in every department. A very bad performance at the world cup, but if you look at their current form, they must be favourites for any competition.
Germany - Certainly not!!!
Portugal - Not consistent enough, not enough quality
Argentina - same as Portugal.
Maybe Scholes is a typical England player - does it at club level, but never for his country (lately).
Maybe it's the system, maybe manager, maybe they just can''t be bothered, maybe keeping fit for club is too important, maybe 'cos international footy ain't that important anymore.
I honestly don't know how you can say Zidane is past it. Watch him play, the next time you get a chance - the man is a magician.
Zidane is still very good, but Nedved does for Juve now what Zidane used to do, and many Bianconeri fans would argue he does it better, he really is amazing.
Zidane honours -
1 World Cup 98
1 Euro Championship 2000
1 World Player of the Year 1998
1 European Player of the Year 1998
2 Serie A Titles
1 Italian Super Cup
1 European Super Cup
1 Intercontinental Cup
Nedved honours -
1 Serie A Title
1 Coppa Italia
1 Cup Winners Cup
and yes, I have seen Nedved play. He is very good, but doesn't compare to the worlds greatest player.
Recent transfer fees;
Zidane - £48m (world record)
Nedved - £26m