It comes down to stats in the NFL. Whenever they choose roundpicks in the drafts, they look up their stats to see who has the most potential.
Ironic ain't it?
Xavi has 2 Euro cups, 1 World cup, 4 Champions League and multiple national trophies but no one considers him.
Xavi didn't score a lot of goals or important ones at that.
This is where it gets crazy. This new way of measuring players is destroying this sport.
Soccer is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more than just goals. Xavi is waaaaaaaay more of a player than Cristiano Ronaldo even though they play in different positions.
Cruyff didn't score a lot but he was a maestro. He created, controlled plays and scored goals.
Beckhenbauer was one of the best defenders ever, same as Maldini, they didn't score much goals.
Goals should should be a measurement for striker's efficiency and nothing else.
Roberto Baggio was one of the finest players I've ever seen playing but he wasn't a scorer, he made goals.
I'm sure Portugal would rather have Deco on his prime today, than opportunistic Ronaldo that couldn't guide the entangled midfield that had zero ideas how to create goal opportunities.