It’s that time of year, folks. You’re being hit over the head with end-of-year lists: players of the year, songs of the year, movies of the year and on and on. To make things doubly nauseating, it just so happens to be the end of the decade. That means creative lists such as players of the decade, songs of the decade and movies of the decade.
We are nothing if not slaves to the algorithm. And so we will indulge, too.
I was clicking around google looking for the most preposterous such lists when I came across this doozy from the hilariously titled Give Me Sport people. (Seriously! That’s what they settled on. They had meetings and everything. Give Me Sport. Where do you think they put the emphasis? GIVE Me Sport? Give ME Sport? Give me SPORT? I tend to go with the latter because it makes about as much sense as that bullshit name of a title.)
Here is the GMS (aggregators love to abbreviate their names) Serie A team of the decade?
GK - Gianluigi Buffon
RB - Christian Maggio
CB - Leonardo Bonucci
CB - Giorgio Chiellini
LB - Alex Sandro
CM - Radja Nainggolan
CM - Andrea Pirlo
CM - Daniele De Rossi
CAM - Francesco Totti
ST -- Antonio Di Natale
ST -- Gonzalo Higuain
Now, I know what you’re thinking: this list is like Andy Dufresne crawling through a river of shit only to fall out the other side into an even bigger, more horrific river of shit. And you would be right.
There is not a single Inter player on here (Nainggolan doesn’t really count). Yes, 2010-2020 was the decade of Juventus, but to not have a single representative from Mourinho’s 2009-2010 treble-winning side is absurd. That Inter team might well be the second most memorable team of the decade, behind only Pep’s Barcelona.
Seriously. Think about it. Close your eyes and picture how each of those back-to-back-to-back-to-back European Cup winning Real Madrid sides actually played. Can you picture much outside of Ronaldo’s glistening face and Pepe and Ramos’ antics? Bale’s bicycle kick, sure. But not an entire passage of play.
Now think of Pep’s team and Jose’s Inter. There it is, in crisp 4K, right in your mind. Those teams left in indelible mark on how the game was played throughout the rest of the decade, and likely forevermore.
Now, I know what you’re in response: Ollie, 2009 was the past decade. But the list itself gives Wesley Sneijder an honorable mention. Inter dumped Barca out of the Champions League in 2010, Sneijder played his best football in that year, including at that year’s World Cup. That falls within the decade.
(It still smarts than Sneijder did not win the Ballon d’Or)
Sneijder should be the pick. His peak was as high as any other player in the league, including Ronaldo’s the past couple of years -- which is funny because despite being the only player to finish in the top-three of Ballon d’Or voting for an Italian side this decade, and he did it twice, Ronaldo didn’t make the team.
Would you have any other Inter players in the team of the decade? Icardi?