Nobby Solano reveals greatest ever XI - Newcastle, Leeds and Argentina legends star

Alan Shearer

Nobby Solano spent eight years as a player at Newcastle.

The 39-year-old retired from professional football in 2012, having rounded off his career in the lower leagues of English football.

In England, he is most well known for his spell with Newcastle, for whom he made over 200 appearances across eight years. Originally joining the Tyneside club in 1998, he left in 2004 signing for Aston Villa, but he remained at Villa Park for just one-and-a-half seasons, before returning to St James’ Park.

He was part of the Magpies side which reached the Champions League under Bobby Robson, and played in the 1999 FA Cup Final, but the Peruvian midfielder also failed to ever win a trophy whilst in the North East. Having remained with the Magpies for such a long spell, Solano has played with some true legends at St James’ Park - many of whom have been named in his greatest ever XI.

Alongside Alan Shearer, Kieron Dyer and Laurent Robert, former Leeds man Gary Speed is included. Speed joined and left the club in the same years as Solano’s original spell, and the pairing often fulfilled the midfield roles during their time with the Toon.

To round off the 95-capped man’s greatest teammates, Argentina legends Diego Maradona and Juan Roman Riquelme are included, with the trio spending a spell together with Boca Juniors in the 1997/98 season. In the Chronicle, Solano admitted: “Maradona’s inclusion does not really need explaining.”

Nobby Solano’s greatest ever XI is as follows:

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Shay Given; Aaron Hughes, Nikos Dabizas, Jorge Bermudaz, Rodolfo Arruabarrena; Gary Speed, Juan Roman Riquelme; Kieron Dyer, Diego Maradona, Laurent Robert; Alan Shearer

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