Werder Bremen midfielder Diego makes his choice of Team of the Year 2007 – including a certain Brazilian international in his lineup.
The 22-year-old playmaker should not feel out of place among such élite company, having shone for a Bremen side that reached the UEFA Cup semi-finals, finished third in the Bundesliga title race and, this season, competed in the UEFA Champions League group stage.
Petr Čech (Chelsea FC)
"What amazes me most about Čech is how flexible and quick he is for such a tall guy. It's a nightmare playing against him."
Daniel Alves (Sevilla FC)
"A right-back in the Brazilian tradition, he is very fast and skilful. It's no surprise so many clubs are after him."
Alessandro Nesta (AC Milan)
Carles Puyol (FC Barcelona
"Nesta is an impressive defender who plays in such an assured way it seems nothing fazes him. Puyol, meanwhile, is a true leader at Barcelona. I appreciate his strength and passion for the game."
Philipp Lahm (FC Bayern München)
"He is one of the best German players around, especially with his versatility. Lahm can play on both sides of the pitch and you see him go through the middle too. He's a player who's very different from the pack."
Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)
"Messi has so many qualities and is still a very young player, but I'd pick out his ball control. You could throw a brick at his feet and he would control it nicely."
Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal FC)
"A young player with the personality of a veteran. He can definitely hit a ball, as he's been proving for Arsenal."
Diego (Werder Bremen)
"It might sound a bit cheeky to include myself on the list, especially with so many amazing players nominated, but I am really happy with my progress over the last two seasons."
Clarence Seedorf (AC Milan)
"An amazing player with a lot of experience at all levels. He's also a very intelligent guy who's got an amazing touch and long-range shot."
Ruud van Nistelrooy (Real Madrid CF)
Zlatan Ibrahimović (FC Internazionale Milano)
"The former is a terrific finisher, lethal in the box. That's down to a combination of quality and coolness. Van Nilsterooy looks so calm when he's about to score. His partner in my team, Ibrahimović, is a very technical player despite being so tall. I'm amazed by the quality of his finishing."
Carlo Ancelotti (AC Milan)
"It's the obvious choice when you think how organised his teams are and count the number of trophies he's won. He's got an amazing record. You have to respect that."
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