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World Cup 2010: 50 Best Players – #22 Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid & Spain)

Spaniard making the most of his La Liga return.

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Xabi Alonso decision to follow his heart and leave Liverpool for Real Madrid is arguably the biggest reason the Anfield side have had such an awful season and its a move that has in many ways seen the rebirth of a midfielder who had fallen into his comfort zone at a club who’s boss appeared to not value his services, to the extent that Rafa Benitez openly attempted to sign Gareth Barry to replace him a few years back.

The 28 year old midfielder has an knack of being two types of midfielder in one. Able to break down attacking raids from the opposition but also able to pluck out a raking 50 yard forward pass and ability to put away a 20 yard rasper.

Alonso is now a crucial part of Vicente del Bosque’s national team and will be looking to take his excellent club form to South Africa. A player who rarely has a poor game Xabi will be looking to help Spain to their first ever World Cup triumph, a very real possibility given the amount of Spanish players hitting their peak right now.

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