Saturday, July 23, 2011

INFTH Top 100: Numbers 11 and 12 Nuri Sahin- The best player in last year's Bundesliga, and the latest edition to Real Madrid's ever expanding squad, Nuri Sahin is now a member of the INFTH top 100.

A creative midfielder with touch, vision and an eye for goal, Sahin was Borrusia Dortmund's key man last season. Everything that happened in the latter third of the field went through Sahin, he was very much the main man, the most important member of a terrific Dortmund squad.

With nine goals and thirteen assists, Sahin's stats don't truly illustrate the immense impact he had on the 10/11 Bundesliga, his significance to the title's eventual destination went far beyond numbers.

Signed by Real Madrid very early in the transfer window, Sahin will have the opportunity to prove himself as a top class player next year; only the best excel at the Bernabeau, and clearly, someone thinks that Sahin is one of the best.

The Turkish international will have plenty of players to compete with for a position in central midfield, men like Sami Khedira and Xabi Alonso will not give up their spots easily. David Villa- There will be a lot of Barcelona players featured between now and the end of the countdown. European champions, champions of Spain and clearly the best team on the planet, Barceloan boast the best players too.

2010/11 was by no means a vintage David Villa season- in fact, for periods last year the prolific Spaniard struggled for goals. However, despite his mid season drought, Villa still finished the year with nearly a goal-in-two ratio in all competitions; not bad for an underperformer.

Alongside Lionel Messi and Pedro, Villa was a member of a dangerous Barcelona front three- one which ripped Manchester United to shreds in the Champions League final.

A scorer in the final, 10/11 was the season which finally heralded the arrival of some club silverware into David Villa's trophy room, having won everything on the international stage, the striker can now boast of club success too.

Next season, Villa will almost certainly remain at the Nou Camp, and almost equally certainly win a few more titles, after all, he plays for Barcelona.

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