The Great Debate (India)
Reuters reporters at the World Cup voted for 11 players to make up their team of the 2010 tournament.
Goalkeeper: Richard Kingson (Ghana)
Defenders: Maicon (Brazil), Gerard Pique (Spain), Carles Puyol (Spain), Philipp Lahm (Germany)
Midfielders: Xavi (Spain), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands), Andres Iniesta (Spain)
Strikers: Diego Forlan (Uruguay), David Villa (Spain)
And here are the reasons why –
Richard Kingson (Ghana) – Every World Cup gives journeymen a chance to shine and after a largely low-key, wandering club career, Wigan Athletic’s third-choice goalkeeper Kingson impressed throughout in a strong showing by Ghana. Made the most saves of any keeper at the finals.
Maicon (Brazil) – In a disappointing tournament for the Brazilians, Maicon was the only player to really enhance his reputation. Energetic down the right, he will be best remembered for his goal from an extremely tight angle against North Korea.