Friday, February 23, 2007

POLL: Who is the best Argentine player RIGHT NOW?

I´ve been thinking after the World Cup and with a new process starting at the helm of our national team and it is a good idea to invite you to vote for who you think is the best Argentine player these days.

You may have your favourites, you can vote with your heart, but what I´m looking for is for an unbiased opinion and what I would like you to consider who is playing the best football right now.

Here´s my Top10 players (not in order) but you can also vote for others:

Roberto ABBONDANZIERI (GETAFE): It´s hard to put keepers to compete against field players. Sometimes it´s unfair for the keeper, because his job doesn´t stand out as much, but in this case, I think he is worth a nomination here. In his first season at Getafe, he is La Liga´s top goalkeeper and currently leading the Zamora prize standings (the prize awarded to the keeper who received less goals during the season in Spain). He is ahead of Iker CASILLAS (Real Madrid), Víctor VALDEZ (FC Barcelona) and PALOP (Valencia) and playing for a small club like Getafe, makes this an even more important achievement.

Roberto AYALA (VALENCIA): After a brilliant World Cup, he is keeping up a good level of performances and have secured a move from Valencia to Villarreal for next season. Yesterday, unfortunately, some Valencia supporters have painted some walls in the city with death threats and insults for our national team most capped player.

Gabriel MILITO (REAL ZARAGOZA): A fine season from “The Marshal”. Commanding Zaragoza´s defense and playing a great game in Paris against France.

Nicolás BURDISSO (INTERNAZIONALE): 16 straight wins for Inter with Nico scoring some goals and playing very well. He is also Inter´s top scorer in the Coppa Italia this season with four.

Esteban CAMBIASSO (INTERNAZIONALE): Another great reason why Inter is running away with the title in Serie A. CUCHU is a key member of the black & blue midfield and he is also contributing with a number of goals, like the one he scored this week against Valencia for the Champions League.

Javier ZANETTI (INTERNAZIONALE): After unfairly missing out of the World Cup squad, PUPI have comeback to our national team and played a part in Argentina´s goal against France. He is also standing out for Inter where he plays in defense or midfield depending on where MANCINI needs him.

Luis “LUCHO” GONZALEZ (FC PORTO): Scored what probably is the best goal of the Champions League´s current season and it is an established figure in our national team. Is helping Porto in their quest to repeat the Portuguese title obtained last year while they are still alive in the Champions League.

Sergio AGÜERO (ATLÉTICO MADRID): KUN is playing more minutes now and he is proving his worth with crucial goals for “ALETI”. He managed to make the press talk about an Atlético player other than Fernando TORRES and now it´s rumoured that a lot of European clubs are after his signing.

Diego MILITO (ZARAGOZA): A scoring monster, Diego is really fighting for the Pichichi prize (award given to La Liga´s top goalscorer). He has hard competition with KANOUTÉ and RONALDINHO, but he is hanging in there and he doesn´t seem to be willing to stop.

Javier SAVIOLA (FC BARCELONA): He is always there and he scores at every chance he has (like in Paris against France). He started the year with 8 goals between La Liga, Copa del Rey and that friendly against France.


Seba said...

Notable names left out of my Top10 are:

Carlos TEVEZ: Rough times for one of the most talented footballers from our country.

Lionel MESSI: Just coming back from injury. Not enough matches to judge him.

Lisandro LOPEZ: Improving a playing very good but needs to show a little bit more.

Pablo AIMAR: Received the prize awarded to the best Ibero-American footballer (players from Spain and Latin America) but he is always injured and that makes it hard for us to see his real potential.

Fernando GAGO and Gonzalo HIGUAIN: Great talents, but just moved to Europe and they need more time to adapt.

Juan Román RIQUELME: A rift with Villarreal manager and a comeback to Boca limited his playing time.

Hernán CRESPO: Scoring, playing a decent number for minutes, but just edged by other strikers in my Top10.

Saurabh Bhattacharjee said...

It is a very tight call to rank among our very favourite players. But your selection is a very fair representation of the performances of Argentine players this season.....

My personal best would be Pato, Ayala, Cambiasso and Diego Milito. But my heart would go for Saviola for the courage he has shown (cynics who call it greed may go to hell)in staying at Barcelona and making the most of the limited opportunities that he got. Gaby has been the most improved player........


johnny said...

I agree completely with your choice of Pato. He is the cream of the crop in La Liga. So relaxed this year, he is playing with much confidence. For me, I am not yet sold on Kun. I like D. Milito, Saviola and Crespo ahead of him as delanteros. Saludos !

john said...

Hi There Everyone,

Seba, I must say that I do agree with you 100% on Pato. He is proving to be top class goalkeeper and to me Gatefe surprise run this season has a lot to do to his performance. The Zamora award will be the perfect gift for Pato’s contribution on his debut season in Europe. The only thing that saddens me is his age factor and lets face the fact we don’t have any other keeper at the moment to rely upon. But that again if Dino Zoff could go on to captain his country at the age of 40, so why shouldn’t Pato play for us until 2010?

Other players that have been playing a great consistent football throughout the whole season are Real Zaragoza’s trio of Diego Milito, brother Gabriele Milito and D’Allesandro.

As for Burdisso, Cambiasso and Crespo, I’m not too sure about the level of performance. Is it because that Internazionale is that good or the league is not soo competitive after the match-fixing scandal?

Some of you might be wondering why Pupi’s name is not mentioned on the above, well that’s because there was never a time that I’ve seen Pupi going missing or having a bad game. He has always given 110% when ask to play.