Brazilian legend Ronaldo Nazario has chosen his ultimate starting XI. The biggest speculation over this news was Ronaldo leaving his ex-teammate from the starting XI. He left out 4 times Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo from his team as he progressed with a 4-4-2 formation.
All time best starting XI
Ronaldo has named his fantasy starting XI and this is one of the best starting XI football fans could imagine. Ronaldo had played alongside and against the extraordinary wealth of talented players in his whole career.
Ladies and gents, THE Ronaldo has picked his best XI of all time. Guess who is not on El Fenómeno's starting XI? pic.twitter.com/rllB7VQRR5
— THE Blaze (@blazey_blaze) October 6, 2017
He was a member of two times World Cup winner Brazilian squad. He also represented many European clubs in his career. Ronaldo played for FC Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and AC Milan. Ronaldo was an amazing striker and prolific goal scorer at all these clubs.
Fantasy starting XI
Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon
He is probably one of the world’s best in goalkeeping position. Juventus legend was given the task of keeping the clean sheet for Fantasy dream team by Ronaldo. Buffon always maintained impressive stats throughout his career thus registering him as the best at his position. He is currently captain of both Juventus and Italy.
Left-back: Roberto Carlos
Next, up for the left-back position, Ronaldo chose his ex-teammate at both Real Madrid and Brazil. Roberto Carlos started as a Brazilian forward in his career but eventually ended up at left-back position. He is also dubbed as “The most offensive-minded left-back in history”. He also had an incredible 11 seasons at Real Madrid.
Central defender: Paolo Maldini
Central defense position was given to Italian legend Paolo Maldini. He also added by saying,” Good luck getting past this man”. Maldini is Italian professional footballer who played at central defense position for AC Milan. He was extremely loyal to Milan as he played for 21 years with the same club and retired at age of 41 in 2009.
Central defender: Fabio Cannavaro
He again chose his ex-teammate Fabio Cannavaro for another central defender position. Cannavaro was in Real Madrid for 2006-2008 and won two consecutive La Ligas with them. Fabio started his career with Napoli then moved to Juventus followed by Real Madrid and ultimately back to Juventus. He is counted as one of the greatest defenders of all time.
The right-back position in Ronaldo’s team was awarded to his another former Brazilian teammate Cafu. He has made a total of 142 appearances for his national team. Cafu was in 2 times world cup winning squad in 1994 and 2002. He is the most internationally capped male Brazilian player of all time. He also played for Milan and AS Roma during his career.
Central midfielder: Andrea Pirlo
Andrea Pirlo is one of the most important deep-lying midfielders and best playmaker from his position. He represents Italian national team and used to play for AC Milan. Pirlo started his career as an attacking midfielder but in the end, he shifted to the more deep position. He is dubbed as the smoothest player at his position.
Central midfielder: Zinedine Zidane
Again Ronaldo preferred Real Madrid’s legend and his ex-teammate Zinedine Zidane for central midfield position alongside Andrea Pirlo. Zidane is an elegant playmaker and well renowned for his vision, ball control, and techniques. Zidane was France’s captain and he played at an attacking midfielder position for the national team.
Right Winger: Lionel Messi
One of the world’s best playmaker presently and 5 times Ballon d’Or winner. He is given a deep right wing position in Ronaldo’s fantasy XI which just suits his style. Lionel Messi has a total toll of 812 goals and assists for country and club. He is FC Barcelona’s key player and represents Argentinian national team.
Left winger: Diego Maradona
For Left wing, he chose another player from Argentina Diego Maradona. He played an advanced playmaker position in his No. 10 jersey. He had also played for several clubs including FC Barcelona, Napoli, and Sevilla. Most notable is his spell at Napoli where he won a maximum number of trophies. He is also an excellent dribbler and controller of the ball like Lionel Messi.
Pele is retired Brazilian footballer who used to play in the forward position. He is widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all time. He was voted World Player of the century by International Federation of Football and Statistics. In the same year, he was selected as Athlete of the century by International Olympics Committee. He is still considered the best in the world.
Striker: Ronaldo Nazario
For another forward position in his 4-4-2 formation, Ronaldo chose himself.
Cristiano missing from the team
This dream XI is the best in the of the world. It consists of all veteran players expert at their positions. However, this team has no place for Cristiano Ronaldo because of 4-4-2 formation. His biggest rival Messi getting a place and no place for Cristiano would surely upset Cristiano’s fans.
Ronaldo Nazario had chosen a team full of legends and maestros. Many names are missing from the list but that does not mean they are less of a player. The biggest hit of the squad was Cristiano’s name missing from the team. Brazilian was also a bit partial in forming his team as he chose many of his former teammates from Real Madrid and Brazil. Overall his team is one of the best ever.