Wednesday, July 27, 2011

INFTH Top 100: Numbers 5 and 6

5. Nemanja Vidic- Always solid, always dependable, Nemanja Vidic is an absolute rock. One of the most physically intimidating players of modern times, Vidic is consistently impressive at the heart of United's defense.

One of Alex Ferguson's greatest ever signings, Vidic is terrific in the air and menacing in the tackle; an all around top defender.

At the other end of the pitch too, Vidic is a force to be reckoned with, he averages almost five goals a season in all competitions, and usually, they're all with his head.

Vidic's greatest achievement of the last few years though, has been his consistent adaptability. The second spot in United's central defense is rotated around, as Rio Ferdinand is no longer fit enough to play every game. Whether his partner be Smalling, Brown, Ferdinand, Evans or O'Shea, Vidic is always on top of his game- fully committed, a fabulous captain.

4. Pedro Rodriguez- The man Barca fans used to call 'Pedrito' due to his small stature, only started playing at the highest level at the end of 2009. Since then, he has won virtually everything, a World Cup for Spain, a Champions League for Barca, and a few league titles to boot.

Last year, alongside Lionel Messi and David Villa, Pedro started nearly every game for Barcelona, forming an attacking triumvirate to rival the best of all time. Twenty-two goals in all competitions speaks for itself, as does the opener at Wembley, against Manchester United.

Always lively, always ready to receive the ball, Pedro wears down defender through sheer persistence, and is excellent at punishing the smallest error.

Next year, he will face quite a battle to retain a starting berth at Barca, a certain Alexis Sanchez has recently signed for the Catalans, and he will have his eye on a place alongside Messi and Villa.

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