CM9798 – The Greatest Team: Right backs/wingbacks

Welcome to the final category of our CM9798 Greatest Team vote. There are only right backs & wingbacks left to consider and I need you to pick one from the 6 candidates if could be so kind. Remember, the results are revealed tomorrow so today is the day to get your votes in.

Your six options…

Kieron Dyer

In Dyer’s early days at Ipswich, he was a promising young full back. As he began to mature, George Burley recognised his great pace would be more useful further forwards, which is why we see him as an option for both full back and wing positions:


His potential is set very high – quite rightly, after all he did go on to play Champions League football and for his country. He’s a favourite of mid-ranging Premier League teams due to his relatively low price of a couple of million and you’re pretty certain to get more for him than you purchased him for if you are in such a position.

Is that enough for him to get your vote though?

Javier Zanetti

One of the greatest right backs ever to play the game, Zanetti had to feature in our voting.


Part of the great Inter Milan squad, he very rarely transfers away showing the same loyalty he did in the real world. I always found him to average better than Cafu, who you’d probably put in the same bracket and for that reason, he makes the list.

Peter Smith

This man is the meaning of a CM legend. You will of course remember MK’s Brighton save, where Smith was a star performer.


His stats are incredible for a third division player worth £200k but he has no big club release, which is great news if you are the Brighton manager. Brighton have operated him in central midfield in this screenshot but with a passing of 3, I’d rather seem him using that stamina to get up and down the right wingback position. Vote Peter!

Thomas Helveg

This category was quite slim pickings but Helveg usually gets a reasonable move from Udinese, so he must have something about him. Here he is enjoying a first season move to Juventus.

Helveg Juve

Available for less than £5m, I’d say he’s a good candidate for you if you are managing a top level team. Wingbacks aren’t that easy to find on the game but Helveg is a good bet. You should get a good 5 years plus out of him too.

Christian Panucci

This one isn’t difficult. He plays for one of the best clubs in the world and has incredible stats.


He quite often makes a move back to his home land but I don’t think he’s fussy as long as you are a massive club. A slight negative is that he technically isn’t a wingback but I’m sure he’d do a job there anyway. His statistical strengths lie in his defensive capabilities anyway.

Eric Rabesandratana

Fun fact for you, when my friend Ross showed me he had signed this guy I thought he had made him up on the editor. Mind you, this was in about 2003.


He often ends up at Man Utd or, in this example, Milan. The AI doesn’t sign bad players for big clubs and this guy is a bit of a marvel. Even after reading his wiki he still doesn’t ring any bells for me, I’m sure he was excellent in his day but he’s very good on CM9798 and that’s all you can ask.

Eric future

There you have it then, 6 right backs or wingbacks and it is now down to you to choose just one. You have 24 hours. The results will be revealed tomorrow as we celebrate CM9798 turning 21. Woo and yay. Bye for now.

Remember to vote in every category – you can do that here

2 thoughts on “CM9798 – The Greatest Team: Right backs/wingbacks

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  2. Maybe a silly question but I started playing CM97/98 again after aaaaaaallllooooooooottttttttt of years. Never bought Dyer before but as a Newcastle fan I felt I had to, especially on the recommendation of him on here. However, his stats (or any talent stats for that matter) doesn’t seem to improve even with substantial game time? Please help. You’re the only source of CM 97/98 knowledge I’ve been able to find.

    Screen shots of stats and game time

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