My Perfect XI:
The Central Coast Mariners fullback has faced some of the best in the world as part of the A-League All Stars. But who’s made the final list?
‘Being a leftback myself, he’s someone I’ve watched closely over the last 10 years or so. Technically he’s very good and he’s got plenty of energy – he’s a great leftback who I try to emulate when I can.’
‘He’s just so calm under pressure – he can speed up or slow down the game to suit the team. When I met him, he seemed really humble – just a nice, genuine person and I thought that was fantastic.’
ALESSANDRO DEL PIERO
‘He’s the perfect striker. He knows when to stay high or come low to receive the ball – he can just pick up the ball in space all the time. I had the pleasure of playing with him when he was 39 years old and even then you could see his quality. In his prime, he must have been a top class player.’