The Curious Case of Sports Illustrated Football Draft

The Curious Case of Sports Illustrated Football Draft
By Conor Donnelly Updated

If any of you who are reading this right now have stumbled across the Sports illustrated website in the last few days, you may have noticed the rather ambitious and downright curious attempt to have ten of its writers draft football teams from a pool of any  living or dead player who has ever graced a football pitch. The only caveat been that the players are all in their prime.

Messi was chosen number one overall,followed by Maradona,Cruyff (Johan not Jordi) and Pele. That is right we now live in a world where Pele is considered the fourth best player of all time, maybe if the legendary Brazilian had taken some of those pills he now is a spokesperson for it would have helped him rise... up the list.

The list as you can imagine is vast and covers many eras of the game,however of the 160 players selected only two hail from the Republic of Ireland.

Roy Keane is drafted in the 6th round, one spot behind his old nemesis Patrick Viera

While Ireland's other representative on the list Johnny Giles has to sweat it out until round 15th

There is no place at all for Liam Brady,  Yet Totti, whose big tournament temperament is more that of a Cadbury flake bar than of one of the 160 greatest footballers of all time makes a team. Very Strange.

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