Real Madrid dominated the 2010’s under a variety of great managers, so it’s no surprise to see that Bleacher Report has honored four Los Blancos stars with a spot in their Best XI of the Decade.
It has been a decade of absolute brilliance for Real Madrid, as Madridistas have seen so many world-class players come through the Santiago Bernabeu.
From Ballon d’Or winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric to retired legends Xabi Alonso and Iker Casillas, Los Merengues have benefited from some of the world’s best players at every position on the pitch.
So it was no surprise to see that Bleacher Report had four players who have suited up for Los Blancos in their Team of the Decade.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo, and Sergio Ramos were all no-brainers. Ramos has been in a class of his own this decade at center back, Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were undoubtedly the best overall players of the decade, and Marcelo’s game-changing work at left back absolutely had to be honored.
Some will criticize Karim Benzema‘s inclusion over the likes of Luis Suarez, Sergio Aguero, and Robert Lewandowski. Although those three strikers have the goals totals, Benzema’s all-around play takes the cake.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid fans believe Toni Kroos was a glaring omission, given his consistency in midfield over the decade. There are few better players in the world at controlling the midfield with their passing than Kroos, whose technical ability leads to some pretty goals from outside the box. David Silva vs. Kroos is a discussion worth having, though there are other Madrid midfielders who have valid cases like Luka Modric.
Because of all the quality in world football, there are endless debates we can have about which players belong in the Starting XI of the Decade. But B/R generally got this one right, especially when it comes to Ramos, Marcelo, and Ronaldo’s inclusions on the Real side of things. The same goes for Benzema, whose recent brilliance at Real, which includes 12 La Liga goals in 15 games this season, is a further sign of his quality. And with Benz, there’s so much more to his game than the goals. There isn’t a better No. 9 at setting up others.