Eden Hazard was one of four Real Madrid players to make it into the Best FIFA Awards Men’s World XI which was announced on Monday night.
The Belgian international played a starring role in former side Chelsea’s Europa League triumph last season, with Sergio Ramos, Marcelo and Luka Modric were also included in the team, with two members of Liverpool’s Champions League squad also making the cut.
Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk were both crucial to the Reds’ sixth European Cup success in June.
Meanwhile, Barcelona and Juventus – like Liverpool – have two inclusions from their respective sides.
Lionel Messi and Frenkie de Jong are Barca’s representatives – though the Dutch midfielder was part of the Ajax time which got to the Champions League semi-finals in 2018/19.
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The same goes for Matthijs de Ligt who captained Ajax before switching to Juventus, while Cristiano Ronaldo unsurprisingly also get the nod in this star-studded side.
Joining Messi and Ronaldo in attack is teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe, who flies the flag for Paris Saint-Germain.
FIFA 20 is here and if you’re planning to get stuck into a game on Career Mode you’ll be desperate to land some top talent.
Everyone loves developing wonderkids and turning them into the best players on the planet, capable of demolishing every opponent you come up against.
Whether they’re to compliment the superstars already in your side and go from super subs to first-team heroes or whether you’re going to throw them in at the deep end, they can be a vital part of your squad.
But who are they players with the highest potential in FIFA 20? Thankfully EA Sports have let us in on the secret on their official website.
You can find you the top 20 below – so make sure you snap them up immediately.
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Last summer, Liverpool signed Alisson for £67million and Chelsea brought in Kepa Arrizabalaga for a goalkeeper world-record £71million fee, while in January 2018 the Reds spent £75m on Virgil van Dijk.
Juventus star Ronaldo told Portuguese broadcaster TV1: “It’s difficult to make calculations in modern football.
“Clubs gamble a lot on potential and the football industry is different.
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“Leaving the case of Joao Felix (who joined Atletico Madrid for £113million) to the side, any player can go for €100million, even without showing anything.
“There is more money in football. A centre-back and a goalkeeper can go for €70million or €80million.
“I don’t agree (with it) but it’s the world that we live in and you have to respect it.”
Antoine Griezmann may well have completed his move to FC Barcelona this summer, but the World Cup winner clearly has a soft spot for Arsenal.
The 28-year-old posted a screenshot of his Football Manager game onto Twitter and revealed he is currently undertaking a save as the Gunners’ gaffer.
Time had elapsed in the game until 2023 and it is fair to say the former Atletico Madrid striker has assembled a world class squad.
Packed with a host of stars, there is not a single current squad member in the team, much to the chagrin of Alexandre Lacazette.
Replying to his France international colleague in the replies, Griezmann revealed that after winning the Premier League, Champions League and Carabao Cup in 2021, he sold the striker to Huddersfield for £23.5million!
Unai Emery may have splashed the cash on the likes of Kieran Tierney and Nicolas Pepe this summer, but the Spaniard will be envious of the side Griezmann has built at the Emirates.
But just who are the players Griezmann has picked for his Arsenal side? Given how much time has elapsed, there are a few ‘newgen’ players in the squad such as the goalkeeper – Hasan.
Below, talkSPORT.com has provided mini profiles on each real member of the team. ALl of the stats are from the game and are not the latest
Check out the sensational side Griezmann has created!
It’s never easy watching a talented young football team get torn apart by the vultures after a stunning season.
Ajax thrilled Europe last year with their carefree run to the Champions League semi-finals, dispatching powerhouses Real Madrid and Juventus on their way.
Most neutrals were rooting for them when they were eventually sent packing by Lucas Moura’s late strike at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
Delightful midfield ace De Jong was already snared by Barcelona, a £65million fee was shelled out for the 21-year-old who is set to learn the ropes next to Sergio Busquets at the Camp Nou.
De Light’s future was uncertain with a possible extra season stay in Amsterdam mooted but after a battle between Manchester United, Barcelona, and Juventus, the commanding centre-back – just 19-years-old – left for Turin in a £67m switch.
The Ajax coffers were loaded and their rebuild has been impressive but they won’t abandon their academy aces either.
So who are the wonderkids who could help them pick up where they left off as they star their season with the Johan Cruyff Shield against PSV Eindhoven this weekend?
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With Nicolas Tagliafico back late due to his exertions with Argentina at the Copa America, 19-year-old Dest has gabbed his pre-season opportunities by the scruff of the neck.
Manager Ten Hag has been suitably impressed and already suggested he will start against PSV on Saturday.
An American youth international, he could be set for many more games across the season, particularly with Daley Sinkgraven sold to Bayer Levekusen.
With De Jong gone, the man who the Barcelona man replaced in the Ajax midfielder looks set to get another chance to build a career in Amsterdam.
The 21-year-old saw his 2018/19 curtailed by injury but could really make an impact this season should Ten Hag give him a run in the first XI.
His main competition will be new signing Razvan Marin.
Having burst onto the scene as the 17-year-old captain and free-kick maestro of Fortuna Sittard in 2017/18, Ajax snapped up the youngster in January 2018.
He spent the rest of the campaign back in Sittard before playing for Jong Ajax last season, making 29 Dutch second division games and making one appearance for the seniors.
This summer, with De Ligt gone, he’s looked the business in his place, comfortable on the ball and real leader.
Like Eiting, he faces competition from new signings with Edson Alvarez and Lisandro Martinez coming in but you wouldn’t put it past him claiming a starting spot.
Tipped by fans for a breakthrough season, 20-year-old Lang may benefit the most from David Neres’ summer absence.
With the Brazilian away winning the Copa America, the ex-Feyenoord kid could well get minutes in the Johan Cruyff Shield and early in the campaign.
His showing against OFI Crete in pre-season was a particular highlight, while he can play as an attacking midfielder or a winger.
Still just 17, hopes are high for the midfielder and he’s another man who could push himself into the first-team reckoning this season.
Already composed and mature on the ball he can play in a number of roles in the centre of the pitch if required.
Having featured in pre-season, the 19-year-old could find himself splitting his time between the Eredivise and the Eerste Divisie with Jong Ajax as he continues his development in Amsterdam.
A spritely young left-sided centre-back, we backed Arsenal to target Martinez this summer but instead he’s moved to Ajax for £6.2m.
While some may baulk at his 5ft 9in height, the Argentine’s incredible technique with the ball at his feet makes him an attractive proposition in the modern game where centre-backs must be just as blessed with the ball as they are without it.
He’s got an excellent long range pass on him too if you’re looking for someone to spread the play. He’s can operate in a back-three or a back-four, and has also spent time at left-back, giving some versatility.
Set to be with Jong Ajax this year after a tough pre-season, the 19-year-old has bags of potential.
Pierie also has the potential to play at left-back and was being watched by Southampton.
Hilariously made to ‘write lines’ when he signed for the club from Emmen due to the fact he’s a Feyenoord fan.
At just 19 he was a first-team regular with his former club and looks set to join Dominik Kotarski in line to replace Andre Onana.
Another versatile player, Alvarez currently looks like the main man to ‘replace’ De Ligt in defence.
Comfortable on the ball, you’ll see him bring it out from the back – a lot, while he’s capable of playing at right-back and in defensive midfield.
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Can these signings help the Dutch giants recover from the loss of De Jong and De Ligt?
Although Juventus are undoubtedly the most dominant football in Italian football at this moment, European supremacy is something the Bianconeri have failed to achieve since 1996.
In those 23 years, the club have appointed 12 managers and still the Champions League trophy has evaded the clutches of the Old Lady.
After Massimiliano Allegri’s departure earlier this summer, the club moved quickly to bring Maurizio Sarri back to his native country and end his Chelsea nightmare.
And the former Napoli manager has wasted no time in recruiting the players he feels can help Juve reclaim their place amongst the elite.
Aaron Ramsey had already agreed to move to Turin upon the expiration of his Arsenal contract, but Adrien Rabiot had seemed set to move to Barcelona before Sarri took charge.
The former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder also arrived at the Allianz Stadium on a free transfer, joining Ramsey and a trio of domestic imports.
Cristian Romero, Luca Pellegrini and Merih Demiral have all joined Juventus, but their most recent acquisition is by far the most impressive.
Despite some of the biggest clubs in the world chasing him, Matthijs De Ligt touched down in Turin on Tuesday evening before signing on the dotted line just 36 hours later.
The former Ajax captain is just 19 years old and moved for a fee of £67.5m – a figure which could seem nominal in years to come.
De Ligt infamously knocked Juve out of the Champions League last season with his towering header securing a famous win for Ajax on their incredible run to the Champions League semi-finals.
But now, after speaking with Cristiano Ronaldo after the Nations League final, the centre-back will be doing his utmost to go one step further with Juventus.
One question remains; just how will Sarri fit his squad of superstars into one team next season?
The Italian certainly has an enviable task when you look at the team he has at his disposal, but will perhaps need to show more flexibility than he did during his stint at Stamford Bridge.
Scroll down to see two potential starting XI’s for the Serie A champions next season.
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Sarri’s Choice (4-3-3)
The former bank manager made his name in Naples by playing a 4-3-3 formation which centred on a lone pivot at the base of midfield.
At Napoli, and then Chelsea, this player was Jorginho. The Brazilian-born midfielder acted as a metronome for both sides, with his best work often going unnoticed. Keeping possession and taking the ball in tricky situations is what the Italy international thrives on.
At Juve, it is likely this player will be Miralem Pjanic. Last season, the Bosnia and Herzegovina international maintained an incredible 92.1% pass accuracy in Serie A, also chipping in with six assists.
His composure on the ball and football intelligence will allow the more athletic Rabiot and Ramsey to play further forward and get into the box.
Up front, the main man himself is likely to start on his own, with Ronaldo changing his game completely.
No longer a flamboyant forward, the Portugal captain has stripped back all the unnecessary fat and muscle from his frame to allow him to score goals at the highest level. He is now a clinical poacher who does his best work inside the six-yard box.
Alongside club legend Girogio Chiellini, De Ligt will slide effortlessly into the back four, with Cristian Romero and Leonardo Bonucci exceptional alternatives.
Dybala Debacle (4-2-3-1)
When you utter the name Paulo Dybala across Europe, fans immediately think of the Argentina international as one of the best in the world.
However, the 25-year-old endured a tough season last year and could well be on his way out of Turin. Despite the heavy marketing around the forward, his substance has failed to match up to the style,
He scored just five goals and registered four assists in Serie A last season, with Juve romping to the title without him. While there is no doubting the No.10’s talent, consistency is a trait he must add to his game if he is to start under Sarri.
In midfield, Pjanic could be joined in his deeper role by either Adrien Rabiot or Emre Can, with both midfielders more suited to a deeper role than Ramsey.
And in the wide positions, Juan Cuadrado and Douglas Costa are direct and capable of supplying constant service into the box for Ronaldo. Federico Bernadeschi will also be chomping at the bit to get into Sarri’s plans, the 25-year-old provided three assists and made just 4 starts last season.
Juventus released a statement to confirm the signing on Thursday morning.
“Juventus Football Club SpA announces that it has reached an agreement with Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax NV for the definitive acquisition of the registration rights of the player Matthijs de Ligt for a fee of € 75 million payable in five years over accessory charges for € 10.5 million,” the statement read.
“Juventus signed a five-year performance contract with the same player until June 30, 2024.”
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