It may be stated and not using a shadow of doubt that between that between Actual Madrid and Chelsea, two European giants, Actual Madrid undoubtedly have the higher hand in possessing the extra illustrious historical past of the 2. That stated, one can not understate the standard of world-class, proficient footballers which have graced each the blue and white jerseys.
The Champions League this season has pitted them in opposition to one another in a uncommon encounter. Jose Mourinho’s Actual Madrid gained the final pleasant between the 2 within the Worldwide Champions Cup in 2013.
However the final time these two confronted one another in a aggressive match (earlier than final week’s first leg) was within the 1998 UEFA Tremendous Cup last, 23 years again, when Chelsea beat Actual Madrid 1-Zero because of a 83rd minute purpose by Gus Poyet.
Right here we have a look at the trendy greatest XI gamers to have graced each the golf equipment, with their nearly evenly matched counterparts talked about subsequent to them.
Carvajal (Ivanovic) – Terry (Varane) – Ramos (Carvalho) – Marcelo (Cole)
Zidane (Kante) – Lampard (Kroos) – Modric (Makelele)
Drogba (Hazard) – Raul (Benzema) – Cristiano Ronaldo (Zola)
Iker Casillas (Petr Cech)
Iker Casillas’ legacy within the white shirt for over quarter of a decade has taken him to the pedestal of world soccer, conquering each potential title there may be to win: FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro Championships, UEFA Champions League and what not. Most likely the one title lacking from his cupboard is the UEFA Europa League. Casillas led Los Blancos and La Roja to glory like no different goalkeeper in Spain’s historical past.
As captain for each membership and nation, he marshalled the line of defense with nice authority. He’ll endlessly be remembered as certainly one of Actual Madrid’s biggest gamers, not solely of the trendy period, however of all time.
RB: Dani Carvajal (Branislav Ivanovic)
Having returned to Actual Madrid after impressing within the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen, Carvajal headed again residence with some extent to show. As astute participant defending the backline and equally efficient going ahead, he performed a key function in Madrid’s three-peat of Champions League grandeur. The youth academy product has been constant for nearly a decade now, registering common key passes and assists identical to his wingback compatriot Marcelo.
Carvajal has gained 16 trophies with Los Blancos in his eight years on the proper again place, averaging two trophies annually.
CB: John Terry (Raphael Varane)
The primary ever participant to captain a staff to the Premier League title on 5 events, John Terry’s Chelsea legacy is hardly akin to any English top-flight participant, not to mention his membership mates. The now-assistant head coach at Aston Villa was recognized for his no-nonsense fashion of defending.
Terry’s popularity as a generational stopper was mirrored by his opponents on subject. Ronaldinho as soon as stated: “The hardest opponents for me are the defenders who’re powerful in the best way they play, the place you may’t see a means via. Paolo Maldini and John Terry are two of the hardest males I’ve met on the sphere.”
CB: Sergio Ramos (Ricardo Carvalho)
Captain. Chief. Legend. Stamford Bridge is known for the banner that claims so for John Terry. However, it’s no exaggeration to say Sergio Ramos in the identical context. Beginning off as a right-back in his profession, Ramos was destined for greatness from his preliminary taking part in days for Sevilla. His starvation to win coupled along with his management abilities and consistency on the highest ranges has turned him right into a residing legend for Los Blancos.
Carlo Ancelotti, after Ramos’ 92:48 UCL profitable contribution in 2014 stated: “He has every thing that Maldini had – character, technical high quality and the flexibility to be a pacesetter on and off the pitch. I’ve by no means in contrast anybody to Maldini.”
LB: Marcelo (Ashley Cole)
Marcelo has lengthy been thought-about Brazil legend Roberto Carlos’ successor, owing to his inclination to perform as an attack-minded defender. Nonetheless, it could possibly be stated that the shaggy haired Brazilian has simply completed one higher than his legendary bald-headed nationwide mate – with the latter having commented in 2012: “Marcelo possesses a greater technical skill than me.”
Marcelo’s attacking aptitude proved to be extraordinarily very important in Actual Madrid’s success as a free-scoring staff within the 2010’s. With greater than 500 appearances within the white shirt and a number of trophies, one can hardly disregard Marcelo’s stature as an all-time legend.
RCM: Zinedine Zidane (N’Golo Kante)
Zinedine Zidane was a sublime, once-in-a-lifetime expertise whose imaginative and prescient, shut management and creativity poised him to dismantle opposition midfield and defensive strains with simply a few touches. Maybe his biggest energy was his versatility to function in varied positions –- from a deep mendacity playmaker to a second striker, though he shone probably the most as a basic No.10.
Roberto Carlos as soon as acknowledged that supporters would flock means earlier than kick-off into the Santiago Bernabeu simply to see Zidane warm-up, such was his popularity as a world-class crowd magnet. The feats achieved by him as a supervisor on the Bernabeu now could be arguably extra outstanding than what he achieved on-field, however Zidane as a participant was really one thing else.
CM: Frank Lampard (Toni Kroos)
Technically gifted, tactically masterful, and wonderfully artistic, the previous English central midfielder established himself as a prolific goalscorer throughout his time at Stamford Bridge – with 211 targets in 13 years – between 2001 and 2014. As the one midfielder within the Premier League’s historical past to attain greater than 150 targets, Lampard’s versatility allowed him to perform anyplace in midfield.
Lampard was recognized for placing in constant performances along with his imaginative and prescient and playmaking abilities, gracing the blue shirt for over a decade. His partnership with John Terry was extraordinarily important in main Chelsea to an period of unprecedented glory.
LCM: Luka Modric (Claude Makelele)
If a participant, a deep-lying midfielder, has the flexibility to interrupt the Messi-Ronaldo decade-old Balon D’Or duopoly, you understand he’s gifted. Luka Modric is every thing an aspiring teen hopes to be – dynamic, agile, clever and artistic. Actual Madrid’s run of 4 Champions League titles in 5 years started with Modric’s 93rd minute nook help for Sergio Ramos within the 2014 UCL last in opposition to Atletico Madrid.
As somebody whose childhood trusted soccer to flee the truth of struggle and destruction, Modric’s story from a refugee to soccer greatness can’t be overstated. The Croatian veteran has etched himself as a real nice white, after his preliminary days of being shunned by none apart from Jose Mourinho.
LW: Cristiano Ronaldo (Gianfranco Zola)
Not a lot will be stated of somebody who has extra targets than appearances. Ronaldo revolutionized the idea of goalscoring throughout his time in Madrid. The Portuguese marksman scored an astounding 450 targets in 438 video games – a nine-year feat that can go down in historical past as arguably the best scoring stint of any participant for any membership.
A terrorizing presence for defenders to tackle, he began his profession as an enigmatic winger however ended up as a real penalty field monster who relentlessly scored targets for enjoyable.
ST: Raul (Benzema)
Raul Gonzalez Blanco, it’s within the identify. A Blanco from start, Raul spent sixteen seasons within the white shirt, happening to attain an indivisible standing within the membership’s historical past. The Spanish striker was a extremely efficient ahead able to being totally devastating in his prime – a composed finisher who was primarily deployed as a second striker and centre-forward.
Teammate and fellow membership legend Fernando Hierro nicknamed Raul ‘El Ferrari’ resulting from his aptitude and magnificence on the pitch.
RW: Didier Drogba (Eden Hazard)
Twice African Footballer of the 12 months, Didier Drogba was a high-pedigree participant throughout his prime. The Ivorian’s sheer energy, dynamism and starvation to attain targets allowed him to knock in 150+ for Chelsea from 2004 to 2012 – along with his last season being the cherry on the cake as he led the Blues to a powerful comeback victory within the 2012 heartbreak for Bayern Munich at residence, first equalizing within the 88th minute after which scoring the profitable penalty within the shootout.
Drogba will endlessly be often known as a real Chelsea nice due to his formidable robustness to single handedly win video games. “Within the dressing room earlier than a giant recreation, it was a special Didier, he was like an animal. His preparation, the depth in his eyes, after which he at all times produced,” stated Frank Lampard.