Italy's Key Players For The World Cup Awarded As Best In Serie A

By Riccardo Di Julio
Andrea Pirlo
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The 2014 Gran Gala del Calcio AIC has given Italy‘s boss Cesare Prandelli a great reason to smile as many relevant Azzurri have been prized as Serie A‘s best players of 2013. Such achievement will certainly help them increase their motivation and sense of responsibility as they will be approaching the FIFA World Cup in only a few months.

Without a doubt, having six regular members in the year’s best XI represents a great asset for Prandelli who knows he will be counting on great players for the most important adventure of his career. Despite the many difficulties of the last years, Italian fans have more than one reason to both dream and expect for good performances in Brazil.

In spite of all the awarded players, the star of the night was the one and only Andrea Pirlo, who was voted not only as the best center midfielder, but also as the league’s absolute best player of the season. For the 34-year-old, such achievement is just another representation of his infinite level which appears to improve year after year just like a good Chianti. Certainly, his leadership qualities will be crucial for Italy’s World Cup aspirations.

Even more, such aspirations will also be dependent on the overall form of the defensive line which has always been a significant contributor to every Italian generation that has reached glory. For this reason, as both Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini have been chosen as the best defenders of Serie A, the time for their final consecration in Nazionale has finally arrived. Immortality awaits for them in Brazil.

In addition, in regard to the controversial figure of Mario Balotelli, who was voted as the best center forward of the past season, the situation is very similar. For the AC Milan star, playing a great World Cup might simply represent the much desired turning point of his career from which he will be able to overcome any kind of polemic attitude and display a professional image.

Certainly, all of these players, along with the captain Gianluigi Buffon, the captain of the future Daniele De Rossi and Fiorentina‘s star Giuseppe Rossi, could become the real spinal column of the Azzurri. If they will all be in a good form, both mentally and physically, there will be no reason why the fans should not dream of historic success.

On a lower degree of relevance, Chrsitian Maggio and Mattia De Sciglio could also potentially become strong points of reference for Prandelli in the position in which the Azzurri have suffered the most in the last years. For them, being selected as the best side backs of the league might just give them what they exactly need in terms of motivation.

Riccardo Di Julio is a Soccer Writer for Follow him on Twitter @Italcatenaccio and add him to your network on Google.

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