Who Would Be Your First Pick?

Since I was kid, I have always enjoyed playing the game of choosing who you would pick as the first player in your team.  Not for the kick about game but when picking a team of the best players in the world…or for the England team.

So let me get right to it.  The first player I would pick for my team would be Wayne Rooney.  He’s got great ability, is as strong as an ox, has a great work ethic, can score goals and can make other players around him better.  All this adds up to a great player and great teammate.

Up until his sub par season this year, Gerrard was always in the same conversation as Rooney.  Sometimes I couldn’t choose between the two.

Does this mean I think Rooney is best player in the world if he is my number one choice?  Not necessarily, but I do think he could be the best player in the world, it depends on what attributes you value in a player.  He should definitely be in the discussion.

Of course, good arguments could be made for players like Ronaldo, Messi and others, and maybe I just value certain attributes over others, but I would rather coach a player like Rooney and have him as a teammate than Ronaldo or Messi.

So who would be your first pick?  Does it matter what position they play?  What attributes are important to you?


  1. JPolito says:

    This is a tough one. My first pick would be a player that makes things happen. He doesn’t have to score the most goals or even be a regular goal scorer, but he is the consummate play maker, the one who controls the game, controls the tempo, controls play…yet not just controls, but creates. I also want him to be a great team mate, a loyal team players, not a mercenary.

    Given these considerations, I would chose Xavi Hernandez.

  2. Hugh Clements-Jewery says:

    I would personally choose a leader rather than a flair player. You have to have some one to depend on and hold the team together.

    And I echo the commment about not using this strategy for a pick up game or practice because it discourages the last to be picked – they feel devalued.

  3. Noe says:

    I beleive it depends on what position you are looking at. Like I would pick Ronaldo “the phenomenon” as for my striker for all his qualities. speed, vision, dribble etc. of course im speaking back when he was younger and healthy. But I guess I would also pick someone like Sergio Ramos. With him in the back, I would feel more at ease and set up more of an attacking formation.

    As far as the picking strategy, I agree with Hugh Clements-Jewery, and as a coach, I’d suggest to find other methods for picking teams during practice. You dont want to discourage anyone.