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Brazil vs Argentina: Who features in our Super Clasico combined XI?

Thursday 10th November 2016
The Super Clasico is one of those matches that's guaranteed to raise the hairs on the back of your neck, just at the prospect of seeing those iconic yellow jerseys face their rivals in blue and white. 

To reel off a list of the magnificent players that both nations have produced since their footballing history began would, quite simply be gargantuan and probably take up the rest of your day. So to help you out, we've compiled a combined XI of the best men who will be on display for the Selecao and the Albiceleste on Thursday at Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte. Based solely on taking their current form into consideration.

GK - Sergio Romero
It's fair to say that neither Argentina or Brazil possess top-tier goalkeepers right now. Gone are the days of Julio Cesar, Claudio Taffarel, Roberto Abbondanzieri and Carlos Roa, but Sergio Romero can at least be relied upon between the sticks for his nation even if he hasn't quite shown that at Manchester United so far.

RB - Daniel Alves
Now at the ripe old age of 33, Dani Alves is one of the most experienced men in the current Brazil set-up and is still as good as ever. Whether he's marauding down the flanks or closing down opponents with ruthless efficiency, Alves continues to amaze us on a daily basis.

CB - Nicolas Otamendi
Pep Guardiola's arrival at Manchester City forced some of the club's top players to look elsewhere. But Argentina defender Nicolas Otamendi has thus far weathered the storm to form a remarkable partnership with John Stones which has let in just 10 goals in the league.

CB - David Luiz
You don't hear too much about the walking calamity that was David Luiz since his return to Chelsea. The 29-year-old has integrated superbly into Antonio Conte's three-man defence which hasn't conceded in five successive league games. But, it's an emotional return to Belo Horizonte for the man who looked clueless when Germany thrashed his nation 7-1 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

LB - Filipe Luis
Filipe Luis finally got his career back on track after a disappointing spell at Stamford Bridge. This term alone, the 31-year-old has featured 15 times for Atletico Madrid and thrice for the Seleção. He is preferred to Marcelo due to the Real Madrid left-back being consistently injured.

CM - Javier Mascherano
It's not too often you see Javier Mascherano playing in midfield for Barcelona anymore, but for Argentina, he's still very much their general in the centre of the park. A consummate professional, who doesn't mind putting himself in harm's way for the greater good.

CM - Fernandinho
Fernandinho is not the kind of player that'll earn rave reviews after each game but his contribution is simply exceptional. No wonder he is one of the first names on Guardiola's lineup - starting every game this term scoring twice.

AM - Philippe Coutinho
Probably the Premier League's number one attacking midfielder at the moment. Coutinho is finally getting the recognition he richly deserves. The 24-year-old notched three goals in three games for Brazil at the last Copa America and contributed 10 goals thus far for Liverpool in the league.

LM - Neymar
Neymar has proven to be one of the very best players in the world. With  49 goals in 73 matches for Brazil, the talismanic forward is the fourth-highest goalscorer for his country. He is the undisputed choice on the left flank ahead of the likes of Angel Di Maria and Willian.

RM - Lionel Messi
This is one player many like to describe as the greatest of all time. Lionel Messi has had an illustrious career for both club and country. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner, at 29, is already all-time top scorer for Barcelona and Argentina with 500 and 56 goals respectively.

CF - Gonzalo Higuaín
Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuaín gets the nod ahead of Premier League duo, Sergio Aguero, and Roberto Firmino. This is because the 28-year-old boasts an unbelievable goalscoring record throughout his career. For the Albiceleste, the forward has notched 31 goals in 65 games while finding the net 178 for Real Madrid and Napoli. Since moving to Turin, Higuaín has struck seven times in just 11 games.

Subs: Firmino, Aguero, Paulo Dybala, Angel Di Maria, Pablo Zabaleta, Alisson, Thiago Silva, Willian
Toby Prince

If the sport has 11-men on each side, a ball and lasts for 90 minutes then I'll write about it. Simply put, I'm an unrepentant soccer freak that other freaks will, however, call a geek. I do find time for music when not watching the beautiful game, though and have been known to produce the odd track. 

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