Benfica’s starting XI is terrible if it’s not for sale

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“Three players have joined Man City.”

1NEWS – Some of the best players now playing for European super clubs have played at Benfica. The Portuguese club has an extraordinary academy product.

Benfica has become home to some of the best talent from Latin America. And, currently the one still in the squad, Darwin Nunez, could be the next top player.

The 22-year-old striker is being targeted by top clubs across Europe after scoring 24 league goals this season.

We have compiled a team of great players who played for Benfica and were sold by Benfica since 2010. This list is structured in a 4-3-3 formation.

GK: Jan Oblak

Oblak has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world since the €16 million/Rp 300 billion transfer saga from Benfica to Atletico Madrid in 2014.

In 260 La Liga games, he has conceded just 184 goals and kept 132 clean sheets. Great record for a goalkeeper.

Oblak may be blessed with solid defenders in front of him, but he has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers of his generation.

RB: Nelson Semedo

The right-back, a Lisbon native, joined Barcelona for around 30.5 million euros in 2017. After a bright start, Semedo’s form has somehow declined.

He then moved to Wolves, where he put in quite an impressive performance for the Premier League club.

CB: Ruben Dias

The Portugal centre-back has been in fine form since moving to Manchester City in 2020 for around £61 million. He helped win two Premier League titles and immediately became one of the best defenders in the league.

The 24-year-old’s influence was so great that he even won the Premier League Player of the Year award, and he continues to impress at the heart of the Man City defence.

CB: David Luiz

The 34-year-old has played at the top level since he left the Eagles in 2011. He can be confusing at times, but he is a player to be reckoned with in his best form.

After winning the Primeira Liga with Benfica in 2010, he added two French titles at PSG before returning to Chelsea to win the Premier League under Antonio Conte in 2016/2017.

There was also the Champions League in 2012, while a year later he won the Europa League with the Blues, beating his former club, Benfica, in the final.

Luiz made a surprise move to Arsenal in 2019, and despite a few blunders, he spent two seasons in North London where he excelled as the Gunners won the FA Cup.

(mochamad rahmatul haq/yul)

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