It’s St. David’s Day! The day celebrated annually on the 1st March in honour of St. David, the patron saint of Wales.
We’re not Welsh, but we do like Davids. In fact, we like Davids enough that we’re going to celebrate St David’s Day in our very own way – with a footballing XI of Davids.
So, without further ado…
GOALKEEPER – DAVID DE GEA
Not too many better in goal than Manchester United’s number 1. Now with 150 Premier League appearances at one of England’s biggest clubs, at only 25 years of age, Big Dave is arguably the best keeper on the planet. Honorary mentions for Seaman, James and Beasant, who De Gea narrowly beat to the spot.
RIGHT BACK – DAVID MAY
May, like De Gea, is one of just six David’s to have won the Premier League. May wasn’t naturally a right-back and preferably played centrally, but was forced to play their a fair few times at United, so it counts. Notably for May, he scored the first goal in United’s 3-0 win over Boro in the 1995/96 season to clinch the title.
CENTRE BACK – DAVID O’LEARY
Not the most adored Dave, but one of the most revered. O’Leary holds the title for most appearances ever for Arsenal, at 722, in his 18 year spell at the club. With two league titles, two FA Cups and two League Cups, it’s quite the trophy haul.
CENTRE BACK – DAVID LUIZ
Evidently we’re falling slim in defence with Davids. Painfully so. Luiz, known for his Sideshow Bob hairstyle, actually has quite the illustrious career to date. Obviously, he’s not the most talented David, but with a Champions League winner’s medal to his name, we almost have to acknowledge him. Having also won everything possible in France at PSG isn’t half bad, no matter how easy it is for them.
LEFT BACK – DAVID ALABA
Now, now. Yes, there’s David Unsworth, the all-time scoring defender in the Premier League. But, bar taking a pretty good penalty, the burly man known as ‘Rhino’ wasn’t the greatest defender. That being said, David Alaba is a marvel of a player. He can do it all, and considerably well from left-back. The five-time Austrian player of the year, at just 23, has four Bundesliga titles and a Champions League to his name. It’s not up for debate. It’s David Alaba.
RIGHT MIDFIELD – DAVID BECKHAM
Was there ever any doubt? Football’s most famous man, most handsome man, most loveable man. David Beckham has done it all. He’s scored from his own half, he’s won countless medals and trophies, he’s been the spearhead of a nation for better or worse – mainly worse – and he’s got his own underwear range. Beckham is the man every man aspires to be. And without a doubt, captain of this side.
CENTRE MIDFIELD – EDGAR DAVIDS
The only David in the side that is here because of his surname. Edgar Davids has played for some of the best clubs in world football, featuring Barcelona, AC Milan, Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Tottenham and Barnet. The goggle-wearing do-it-all midfielder was of the rare breeds when midfielders were good at both attacking and defending. He literally could do it all.
CENTRE MIDFIELD – DAVID SILVA
The silkiest David of them all. He’s a man that can make anything happen in a football match. A major figure in Spain’s 2008-2012 sides, winning two Euro Championships and one World Cup, David Silva is a man of the highest international recognition. Since joining City, he has also won all possible domestic trophies with the Manchester club.
LEFT MIDFIELD – DAVID GINOLA
Another ludicrously luxurious and handsome David. Similarly to Silva, he’s one to watch with the ball at his feet. Magical wizardry down the left flank, skinning defender after defender and then going on to score. The most interesting thing about Ginola? He’s a man of extravagant taste. In 2008, Ginola won a silver medal at the International Wine Challenge, for a rose produced at his very own vineyard.
STRIKER – DAVID VILLA
Spain’s soul-patch rocking all-time goal scorer. If that sentence doesn’t qualify Villa enough in your mind, nothing ever will. A focal part of Pep Guardiola’s circa 2011 side and Spain’s 2008-2010 world dominance. There’s really nothing not to like about the man.
STRIKER – DAVID TREZEQUET
Another facial hair wielding assassin. One of Juventus and France’s all-time best strikers, Trezequet was a man who could do anything as a striker. A true complete forward. Nicknamed Re David, King David, because he was just that good. Appropriately spearheading the XI up top. Like Villa, Trezequet was a key figure in his own nation’s, France’s, world domination between 1998-2000.
Not a bad side, all-in-all. Obviously, some HUGE names missed out. Any you feel need a second look, comment below!