It’s fair to say we are living through some pretty testing times, and we all need cheering up.
That’s where we come into play. 90min has shouldered the happiness and entertainment levels of an entire population during these football-less weeks, and we’ve been coming up with some brand new ideas to put smiles on all your faces.
Ok, so first we made a Serie A team of the season so far, which was pretty cool. And then we put together a rad Serie A all time XI – using only one player per club.
But what about racking our brains for a current best Serie A XI, but with the same caveat of using only one player per club yet again?
Aha, we have a winner.
Have a gander at the *ahem* not controversial in any way team that 90min has assembled for your eyes.
GK – Salvatore Sirigu (Torino)
Why is Salvatore Sirigu still at Torino? The Italian shot-stopper is one of the best goalkeepers in the league, and il Toro can always rely on him for a solid 7/10 performance. The 33-year-old is a commanding presence between the sticks, and he’s saved his side on countless occasions over the years.
A no-brainer, this one. Salvatore translates as ‘saviour’ in English – it was meant to be.
RB – Hans Hateboer (Atalanta)
Although it breaks my heart (and Josip Ilicic’s, too) the Slovenian can’t be squeezed into this XI, due to the lack of decent right backs in Serie A. FIFA 20 players know the struggle. The only man really deserving of this spot is Hans Hateboer of Atalanta.
The Dutch wing back is an instrumental cog in this well-drilled Dea side, and he can be relied upon to chip in with crucial goals and assists, as well as telling defensive contributions. One to watch.
CB – Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli)
The 2019/20 season may not have been Kalidou Koulibaly’s best, but in fairness, no one at Napoli has really come out of this campaign in the best light. But on his day, the Senegalese star is one of the very best in the world, and that can’t go unnoticed.
It’s a shame that injury has hampered Koulibaly’s current season with Napoli, and the harsh reality is that this may well be his final year in Serie A, with the Premier League big boys closing in.
CB – Marash Kumbulla (Hellas Verona)
What a revelation this youngster has proved to be! It may only be Hellas Verona’s first season back in the top flight, but they’ve taken to it like a duck to water, and centre back Marash Kumbulla has been at the heart of their rise.
The 20-year-old has emerged as one of the brightest defensive prospects in Europe during his debut campaign, and elite sides are lining up to get a good view of his sturdy performances. A real talent.
LB – Theo Hernandez (AC Milan)
This guy is one of the most exciting left backs in the world. Okay, so his defensive work can be a little suspect at times, but going forward, there isn’t a better full back in the league. Theo Hernandez has excelled during his first season in Milan and has become a real cult hero among the fans.
I Rossoneri need to buck their ideas up next season, or the French star may not be at San Siro for much longer.
RM – Dejan Kulusevski (Parma)
The breakout star of the season. From nowhere, Dejan Kulusevski exploded onto the scene of the 2019/20 campaign, and delivered performances of world-class calibre. The Swedish star has a magical left foot, and his ability to cut in and fire a shot into the top corner is Arjen Robben-esque.
The youngster has so much more to offer in his game however, with mesmerising footwork and an adaptability which allows him to play anywhere across the front line. And yes, before you ask, he’s already been hoovered up by Juventus.
CM – Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio)
After emerging as one of Serie A’s future stars a few years ago, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic then suffered a dramatic dip in his form, which calmed much of the talk surrounding his potential. But the Serbian has reached new heights with Lazio this season, firing them into a surprise title challenge.
The 25-year-old is a strong, powerful midfielder, who possesses an incredibly deft touch and a keen eye for a pass. He can operate just behind the striker, pulling balls out of the air with ease, or in a deeper role, enabling the likes of Luis Alberto to flourish. A majestic destroyer.
CM – Radja Nainggolan (Cagliari)
When Radja Nainggolan made the move to Cagliari in the summer, I’m sure a little part of him had this very specific XI (with one player per club) in mind. ‘Ninja’ is the easiest selection of the lot, as he stands head and shoulders above the rest of his Rossoblù teammates.
A combative, full-blooded and artistic player, Nainggolan partners Milinkovic-Savic in our midfield. Expect a few long-range screamers from this duo.
LM – Nicolò Zaniolo (Roma)
A wonderkid. One of the most talented youngsters in world football, Nicolò Zaniolo simply had to be part of this team. It’s rare to find such a pacy and nimble forward player, who also stands six feet three inches tall, but Roma have unearthed that very gem.
Zaniolo’s season-ending injury against Juve came as a cruel blow to a star who was showing all the progress required to become a world-beater, but there are no doubts he can recapture that form when he eventually returns as Roma’s saviour.
ST – Lautaro Martinez (Inter)
No Ciro Immobile!? Are you crazy?! No, readers, I am not. Sure, the league’s top scorer would stroll into any normal best XI, but this is far from normal. And unfortunately, some giants must miss out.
In the Lazio star’s place, we have Inter sensation Lautaro Martinez. Although Romelu Lukaku has bagged more goals this season, Martinez has been the real star of the show, enabling his Belgian partner to find his best form with some brilliant and selfless performances. A genuine superstar.
ST – Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)
This guy could be 100 years old, and you’d probably leave him on the pitch until the end just in case there’s a corner to be headed towards goal or a last minute spot-kick to smashed in. Cristiano Ronaldo is timeless, it appears, and he has carried Juventus to top spot in a season where they don’t really deserve to be at the Serie A summit.
A striker who can do it all, Mr Reliable Ronaldo completes our Serie A XI.