Xabi Alonso

Widely regarded as one of the finest passers of his generation, Spain and Bayern Munich man Xabi Alonso is one of the most coveted midfielders in world football. His ability to read the game, allied with his exemplary vision and awareness, afforded him five highly successful years at Liverpool, with whom he won the UEFA Champions League, FA Cup, European Super Cup and the hearts of the Anfield faithful. Meanwhile, on international duty, Alonso won the two UEFA European Championships either side of the 2010 FIFA World Cup as La Roja dominated world football with their slick tiki-taka passing. Following four fantastic seasons with Spanish giants Real Madrid, Alonso moved on to play a key role under fellow countryman Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich. One of the most reliably brilliant players in the game, Alonso has added a level of class to a team that once leaned almost purely on precision and power.