Heavily featuring Italians and Brazilians, and no mention of some bloke from Portugal ?… the ex-Real Madrid man really should have included, Luis Figo?.
Honourable mention for a notorious Frenchman, who fills the midfield role better than a dentist would fill in that gap in Ronaldo’s front teeth! But who else features in the no. 9’s XI…
GK) Gianluigi Buffon
Selected by just about all legends, nowadays. Image Source: Casw
You simply can not argue against the Brazilian. Don't think we'll ever see a better right-back in the game.
LB) Paolo Maldini
To have a player who could play as solidly at left-back and centre-back as Maldini, means the AC Milan bloke deserves a slot in any ultimate XI. Image Source: Lisimg
CB) Fabio Cannavaro
As a defender, to win the Ballon d'Or in 2006, highlights just how good the Italian was.
LB) Roberto Carlos
As well as a being a top defender, the Brazilian could hit a free-kick like nobody's business... "And it's Carlossssssssss"
CM) Zinedine Zidane
The most elegant and graceful player, ever. Delighted to see the Frenchman do well in management.
CM) Andrea Pirlo
Italian magician, makes Paul Scholes passing look like he's on a par with Joe Hart.
RW) Diego Maradona
Maverick, renegade and world-class. Would feature in most legends XI.
LW) Lionel Messi
A total of 1088 goals in 1115 club games, I couldn't care less where the Santos striker did it... that's enough to get you into any XI.
If I was as good as the ex-Real man, I would 100% include myself. Pure class, tore up the international and club scene anywhere the no. 9 went.