The all-time best Argentina and Brazil combined XI
November 11, 2016
Whether it’s the World Cup final or a mid-season regional qualifier, fireworks are pretty much guaranteed every time Brazil and Argentina lock horns. Matches between South America’s two great footballing powers are always feircely contested – but unlike England and Scotland, you might be treated to the odd bit of quality as well.
From Pele to Messi, from Maradona to Ronaldo – the list of players to have graced this fixture over the years reads like a who’s who of football legends. And that means picking a definitive combined XI is no easy task.
So let's start with the obvious: the guy who manned the sticks for Brazil's legendary 1960s side. Gilmar makes Joe Hart look like Massimo Taibi.
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New to football? Carlos Alberto is the dude who capped off that move against Italy in the 1970 World Cup Final.
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150 career goals is pretty impressive whichever way you spin it, but when you're a centre-back it's kind of ridiculous. Also: that beard though.
He's big, he's mean-looking, he won over 100 caps for Brazil, and he always sleeps with the light on. One of statements those is made up.
You know a player is a bit special when they are given set piece duties in a team that includes Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo and David Beckham.
These days, El Cholo earns his crust by barking orders at his Atletico team from his technical area - but at his peak he was one of the world's best ball-winning midfielders.
The tail-end of Ronnie's career was less known for great goals than it was for partying - but that just makes us love him more.
Could Maradona really put in a shift way back in central midfield? Let me ask you this: who gives a shit?
Messi sits at the top of our diamond - and we think he'll do well as long as we don't find ourselves playing on a cold rainy night at the Brittannia.
Some may call him Fat Ronaldo, but for many of us he'll always be 'El Fenomeno'. Sorry, Cristiano.
Well, what did you expect? Pele is the probably game's greatest ever player (although, like Messi, never did the business at Stoke).
Have we missed anyone? Let us know your combined XI in the comments below.