For all the PR waffle that players and clubs churn out, a respected footballer’s all-time best XI is one of the rare pieces of content that gains genuine interest from us football fans. And hearing Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez all-time best XI is no different.
It’s safe to say that none of the Chilean’s current teammates make the cut – or even come close to – although Yaya Sanogo has been included in Arsenal’s Champions League squad, so there’s a chance the Frenchman will still fulfil that potential that he doesn’t have.
GK – Oliver Kahn
The German icon may well look like a rock with a face on, but that didn't stop him being one of the finest ever goalies. Sanchez threw the Bayern Munich man between the sticks for his desire and hunger to save every ball.
LB – Roberto Carlos
Surely the Brazilian banana-shot specialist makes every single all-time XI?
RB – Cafu
Of course the other iconic Brazilian full-back was going to be here. Included by the Arsenal man for attributes he holds close to his heart, all-out attacking play.
CB – Carles Puyol
The inspirational Barcelona leader, who inspires all around him - shame he couldn't inspire Sanchez to have more of an impact at the Nou Camp.
CB – Paolo Maldini
The epitome of what a centre-back should be. Imagine if Puyol and Maldini ever played together!
CM – Xavi
Just surprised to read that Sanchez is a huge fan of the Spanish hero's impact for Qatari club, Al Sadd.
CM – Ronaldinho
Sanchez described the Brazilian master along the lines of 'A magician who spreads joy' - and we cannot agree more.
CAM – Diego Maradona
Sanchez clearly isn't put off by the fact the Argentine now looks like an extra from Narcos.
RW – Lionel Messi
Of course you knew he'd be there.
LW – Pele
Always amazes me when Pele gets in all-time XIs - the bloke just randomly plucks numbers out of the air for the number of goals he has scored: "Oh, and don't forget the 17 I scored down the park when I was 6." Anyway, Sanchez rates the Brazilian, and has given him a free role on the left-wing.
ST – Ronaldo
'The Phenomenon' would lead Sanchez's line; a player he believes is the best of all-time.
With the dribbling capabilities and close control of Maradona and Messi, the ruthless efficiency of Pele in front of goal and the most technically perfect striker to ever kick a ball in Ronaldo. But can Xavi control a midfield on his own, because make no mistake about it, Ronaldinho won’t be tracking back.