It’s no surprise Jesus Navas picks four Spaniards in his five-a-side team. But his choice at the striker position left many wondering: how did he pick that one?
Navas was the next in line at Manchester City to select five players with whom he has played throughout his career and assemble the best team in his opinion.
The 30-year-old, who’s been at the club since the summer of 2013 after joining from Spanish side Sevilla in a £15 million deal, picked a 1-2-1 formation.
Iker Casillas is his goalkeeper. Navas played with the former Real Madrid and current FC Porto veteran in the Spain national team, winning the 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Championship.
In defence, the winger likes Real’s Sergio Ramos, also a player he played with in the national team. His two midfielders are his current team-mate at City David Silva and Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez.
And Navas’ man to score the goals is… Frederic Kanoute? The striker from Mali, born in France, retired at the end of the 2012/2013 season, playing for Chinese side BJ Guoan. Before, Kanoute played with Navas at Sevilla, winning two UEFA Cup trophies and two Copa del Rey trophies.
He also played for Tottenham between 2003 and 2005, and for West Ham from 2000 until 2003, joining the Hammers from Ligue 1 giants Olympique Lyon.
Kanoute scored 89 Primera Division and 44 Premier League goals, but is he really the better option upfront when Navas is currently playing with Sergio Aguero? We’re not so sure…