The Champions League Round of 16 match at the Etihad Stadium was exciting to say the least. A display of pure attacking prowess where both sides conceded excellent and sloppy goals.
The defenders on either team didn’t put themselves in the best light and despite John Stone getting on the score sheet, it does not deflect away from his mistake for Monaco’s 2nd goal.
It’s amazing to think about the strikers Atletico Madrid have had over the years and two of their previous best were on form.
Falcao looked a lost soul in two seasons on loan from Monaco to Manchester United and Chelsea – but this was a master striker back to his best and City may have been rattling at the back but Aguero was in magnificent form throughout, terrorising Monaco with his prodigious work-rate and sheer menace.
There are many awards in the footballing world like the Ballon d’Or, League Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year to name a few.
Underrated players are quite modest and not vocal about their personal performances. Last year Leicester won the Premier League and Mahrez was named Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year.
Similar to how American sports have the ‘Most Valuable Player’ MVP which doesn’t incorporate price or just number of goals, the MVP is simply a player who means the most to their teams’ success. I believe having an MVP argument would be a lot more difficult that picking the winner of the Ballon D’or or player of the year who seems to be the player who scores the most and has a global fan base.
In football, value certainly doesn’t equate to cost as every year we have a list of expensive flops and players like Payet who exceed expectations due to a lower transfer fee.
N’golo Kante – For Leicester last year, all the spot light was on Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez who were both pivotal in Leicester doing the ‘impossible’ but there was also a third player who was also fundamental in Leicester becoming Premier League champions. N’golo Kante is a tireless Midfielder who has been compared to Cluade Mackelele but he is certainly a different type of player
James Milner is the definition of a versatile player, as he’s been used in various positions for club and country.
Joe Allen again is a player who works hard for the team, can play football and gets his fair share of goals.