Top 11 free agents for the Hyundai A-League

Fernando Torres is out of contract at season's end with Atletico Madrid.
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The window may be closed but there's plenty of star power waiting to be snapped up as a marquee in the Hyundai A-League. Here are our top 11 free agents.

Number 11: Julio Baptista

A powerful centre-forward, the Brazilian is without a club after his stint with Cruzeiro ended last year.

Nicknamed ‘The Beast’, the 34-year-old would do a decent job in the A-League having scored goals at big clubs like Real Madrid, Arsenal and Roma.

Number 10: Georgios Samaras

Hard to believe "Aussie" Samaras is still without a club given his goal-scoring record and pedigree.

Has made more than 70 appearances for the Greek national team and his imposing frame and experience would make him a hit in the A-League.

Turns 31 later this month and has an Aussie family connection with his Dad Ioannis born in Melbourne. Love Australia and should be playing here, we think. 

Number 9: Shola Ameobi

The ex-Nigeria striker might be 34 but he’s still in good shape, having last played with Bolton in the English Championship just last month.

Now a free agent, Ameobi might enjoy a change in climate and a fresh challenge and would have plenty to offer after more than 10 years in the Premier League at Newcastle United. 

Number 8: Ronaldinho

Loves the sun and sand and still keen to prolong his career, surely the A-League is a sexy proposition for the 2002 World Cup winner.

Once fit, the 35-year-old could still have a huge impact and would be sure to wow the fans with his sublime skills and dribbling ability.

Number 7: John Arne Riise

The fiery red head was recently in Australia with the Liverpool Legends and openly admitted he would be keen to talk with A-League clubs.

Having seen the impact former Reds team-mate Luis Garcia has had on the Central Coast already, the 35-year-old left-back might be worth a gamble.

Number 6: Cristian Chavez

Hard to believe this gifted attacking midfielder is without a club. Chavez, from Argentine, is only 28 and was considered good enough to be signed by Napoli in 2011.

A-League clubs need to act quick with reports Greek club PAOK are will to offer him a contract for the next couple of years. Cello Carrusca, do you have his number?

Number 5: Nery Castillo

Proven goal-scorer who has played for clubs like Olympiacos, Shakhtar Donetsk and Manchester city.

A former Mexican international, the 31-year-old could still be highly dangerous in the A-League.

Number 4: Cristian Ledesma

The industrious midfielder has a wealth of experience and made more than 250 appearances with Lazio in the Serie A.

Having ended his deal with Santos last month is looking for a fresh start. He is only 33 and a former Italian international.

Number 3: Robinho

The brilliant Brazilian is still a free agent after his deal with ACL winners Guangzhou Evergrande ended earlier this year.

While Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro is keen to bring him back home, having played in the region it wouldn’t hurt A-League clubs to try their luck.

Still only 32 and as classy as they come - despite the party-boy image. 

Number 2: John Terry

Out of contract in the European summer, the Chelsea skipper hasn’t been offered a new deal at Stamford Bridge and would be an excellent marquee for the A-League.

Still performing strongly in the EPL at 35, and loved his time in Sydney when the Blues toured here last year.

Would attract loads of English fans but is also on the MLS radar so Oz clubs will need to move fast.

Number 1: Fernando Torres

Torres is out of contract at Atletico Madrid in the summer and could benefit from a fresh start away from the huge spotlight in Europe.

While sure to be on the radar of big clubs on the continent and abroad, a move Down Under could be just what the prolific 31-year-old needs.

There are plenty of other Spaniards tearing up the A-League right now, another one wouldn’t hurt would it?

Has a young family so the lifestyle may be a selling point. Can our man Luis Garcia give him a call??

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