Sunday, July 17, 2011

INFTH Top 100: Numbers 22 and 21

22. Antonio Di Natale- There weren't many players much more deadly than Antonio Di Natale last season. Playing alongside dynamic attacker Alexis Sanchez, Di Natale netted twenty-eight times in the Serie A, an outstanding total.

Gifted with speed and fabulous dribbling skills, Di Natale is the perfect center forward- one who can create as well as score. Now the Serie A's top scorer for two consecutive years, Di Natale is a fixture at Italian club Udinese, a player of loyalty as well as skill.

After helping Udinese to a fourth place finish, Di Natale will participate in the Champions League for the first time next season, where he will be presented with an opportunity to prove himself as one of Europe's most dangerous strikers.

A versatile member of the attack, some would argue that Di Natale has nothing to prove; he has succeeded across all positions in a front three, and is dangerous from dead ball situations too.

21. Mesut Ozil- Arguably the best player at last year's World Cup, Ozil started his career in Spanish football with pressure heaped upon him. As the creative genius of a Germany team which starred in South Africa, much was expected of the former Werder Bremen star. He didn't disappoint.

A fantastic passer of the ball, gifted with superb technique, Ozil immediately claimed a place in the Real Madrid starting line-up, and won over the fans with performances simply oozing class.

Able to play on the left or in central midfield, Ozil was an integral part of a flexible Real Madrid attack- his subtlety on the ball complemented well the directness of players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria.

With six goals and a fantastic seventeen assists in the league, Ozil was one of the most dangerous attacking players on show last season; the German proved that his stellar World Cup was by no means an aberration.

Going into next year, Ozil is expected to continue to star for both Real Madrid and the German national team- hopefully for him, next season will end in European glory for both club and country.

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