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Bayern Munich dominates ESPN’s Top 100 list

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After winning the Champions League, Bayern Munich’s roster received some respect from ESPN.

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ESPN released its Top 100 list for 2020 and not shockingly, Bayern Munich had a strong presence after winning everything they possibly could. Below is the list of Bayern Munich players, who were recognized. You could make some arguments on the ranking of several players, but the treble-winners undoubtedly received an immense amount of respect:

Atletico Madrid v FC Bayern Muenchen: Group A - UEFA Champions League
The No.2 attacking midfielder? Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller finished behind Manchester City’s Kevin DeBruyne in ESPN’s rankings.
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  • Manuel Neuer: No.1 goalkeeper
  • Benjamin Pavard: No.3 right-back
  • David Alaba: No.3 center-back
  • Alphonso Davies: No.2 left-back
  • Thiago Alcantara: No.2 central midfielder (now with Liverpool)
  • Joshua Kimmich: No.1 central midfielder
  • Leon Goretzka: No.5 attacking midfielder
  • Thomas Müller: No.2 attacking midfielder
  • Kingsley Coman: No.7 winger
  • Serge Gnabry: No.3 winger
  • Robert Lewandowski: No.1 striker

The most egregious ranking, however, was for manager Hansi Flick, who lost out to Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp:

  • Hansi Flick: No.2 manager

In assessing the rankings, I’d argue that Goretzka should be considered for the central midfielder role rather than the attacking midfielder role — but at least the 25-year-old was recognized by a global platform. A year ago, only Bundesliga and Germany fans probably could have picked him out of a police lineup.