Saturday, July 16, 2011

INFTH Top 100: Numbers 23 and 24

24. Carlos Tevez- As you probably know, there is no love lost between myself and Carlos Tevez. However, there comes a time when an ideological distaste for treacherous fiends has be put aside, and a fair reflection of a season must be had.

Tied with Dimitar Berbatov at the top of the Premier League scoring charts, there is  no question that 2010/11 was another vintage season for a man who had done nothing but score since his arrival into English football. Twenty league goals is low for a league leading tally, but Tevez nonetheless should be lauded for his efforts; fifteen goals or more is always a fine accomplishment.

In all honesty, only injury kept Tevez away from fully surpassing Berbatov and claiming the goalscoring gong- though his travails in other competitions insured that he would finish higher than the Bulgarian anyway. Three goals in the FA Cup helped the Citizens to a first trophy in quite some time, as Tevez claimed a title which completed his English football collection.

A hard worker, forever grafting and grinding to get that crucial break through, Tevez will be missed by Manchester City next season; the striker has made it clear he intends to depart Manchester for pastures new. Where Tevez will end up next season is any one's guess, the striker is wanted by Brazilian club Corinthians, but moves to Madrid or Milan are not out of the question either.

23. Ricardo Carvalho- It is rare for a defender to break into the top twenty-five of lists such as these, so Ricardo Carvalho's inclusion is a real testament to his quality.

Leaving Chelsea to join Mourinho's new regime at Real Madrid, Carvalho was expected to headline a new look back four, one which would be much more focused and disciplined than versions past. Together with fellow Portuguese international Pepe, Carvalho brought a new steel to the back line, helping Real Madrid on their way to a far more successful defensive season.

Though in the end the Merengues were toppled by Barcelona (who wasn't?) Carvalho deserves to be proud of his efforts, the central defender added a layer of class to the Real Madrid team, and managed to outperform some of his significantly more expensive colleagues.

At age thirty-three, Carvalho is likely to finish out his career in Madrid. You can be sure though that even at such an advanced point in his career, there would be suitors aplenty if he was to ask for a transfer; the Portuguese is a terrific reader of the game, and is gifted with a superb ability to pass and dribble.

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