Ronaldo’s All Time Dream Team: Who makes the Grade?
September 08, 2015
As one of the finest strikers of his generation, it is only right that former Brazilian sensation Ronaldo should get to pick and publicise his ultimate dream team. After all, was it not for a series of debilitating knee injuries there is no telling what he would have achieved, while even his relatively brief and punctuated career yielded three World Player of the Year awards and multiple team honours. His dream team itself throws up few surprises, and it certainly makes for compelling reading!
Ronaldo’s Dream Team: The Case for the Defence
Ronaldo has opted for a three-man back line, positioned in front of Spanish goalkeeper Jose Angel Iribar. Brazilian team-mate Cafu features as a right centre back, with famous German defender Franz Beckenbauer assumes the role of central lynchpin and chief organiser. The defence is completed by the evergreen Paolo Maldini, who made more than 600 games for AC Milan, earned 126 caps for Italy and won (amongst other honours) seven Serie A titles. Maldini and Ronaldo also enjoyed several memorable clashes down the years, especially when the two played for AC and Inter Milan respectively.
The Middle Ground: Ronaldo’s four
Ronaldo’s midfield is anchored by former team-mate Xavi, who recently left Barcelona after 16 years and incredible success (including four Champions League triumphs). He is partnered in the middle by his irrepressible former Madrid colleague Zinedine Zidane, who shared a pitch with Ronaldo when scoring arguably the finest Champions League final goal of all time against Bayer Leverkusen in 2002. Johan Cruyff and Diego Maradona assume positions on the right and left of midfield, and while these two will add incredible flair and attacking quality we question precisely how much tracking back the midfield will do as a unit!
The Front Three: No room for Ronaldo’s Namesake
The absence of Cristiano Ronaldo may surprise some, but our Brazilian favourite can barely be expected to select someone with the same name when he has not included himself. Instead, Argentinian wizard Lionel Messi lines up on the right of a front-three, reprising his current role in the Barcelona side. The inside right channel will occupied with former Madrid great Alfredo di Stefano, who won eight league titles in his time in Spain and contributed heavily to the team that won five consecutive European Cups. This stellar line-up is completed by Pele, who won a staggering three World Cups with Brazil and is thought to have scored more than 1,100 goals for his club side Santos.