Here we give you Roberto Carlos’ Champions League dream team. And what a team it is.
Carlos’ marauding runs, incredible defensive ability and devastating free-kick technique made him one of the world’s most renowned left-backs during his playing career.
He also won quite an array of trophies. Aside from four La Liga triumphs with Real Madrid, he also won three Champions League titles in 1998, 2000 and 2002.
Having had experienced so much success in Europe, Carlos was tasked by the Daily Mail with naming the best XI that had played in Europe’s top competition.
A back four of Cafu, Fabio Cannavaro, Paolo Maldini, and rather humbly, Carlos himself in front of Iker Casillas makes for one of the strongest combined defensive units one could wish for.
The 42-year-old’s reason for picking himself at the back was that, ‘the attacking players need some competition when it comes to taking free-kicks.’ Yeah right Roberto, we believe you.
He follows this back four with a midfield of Clarence Seedorf, Zinedine Zidane and Claude Makelele.
Each of Carlos’ midfield selections are quality players in their own right but the highest honour must go to Zidane, who he says is ‘one of the all-time greats.’
The Brazilian’s front three selection makes one of the most talented teams ever complete with Luis Figo, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo forming what would have been a devastating forward line.
Commenting on his fellow countryman Ronaldo, Carlos said that he was ‘the most complete striker he had ever seen.’
Here is the free-kick magician’s Champions League dream team.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena