Having played for some of the biggest sides in the world, Brazilian legend Ronaldo would have played with (and against) some of the biggest superstars the game has ever seen.
The 39-year-old played for the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Inter across an 18-year career, as well as winning the World Cup twice with Brazil.
When asked to name his All-Time XI, Ronaldo was therefore able to draw on a font of knowledge, and chose four former teammates (and himself) in the starting team:
Ronaldo’s All-Time XI: Gianluigi Buffon, Cafu, Paolo Maldini, Fabio Cannavaro, Roberto Carlos, Andrea Pirlo, Zinedine Zidane, Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona, Ronaldo, Pélé
The team itself contained no real surprises (apart, perhaps, from the strong Italian-based defensive unit), but Ronaldo has left out former Brazilian teammates Rivaldo and Ronaldinho.
That said, he does acknowledge the fact that he has had to leave out a lot of great players.
Of the eleven, he has played with Cafu and Roberto Carlos in that massively successful Brazil side in the late 1990s/early 2000s, he was a member of the “Galacticos” with Zinedine Zidane in the early part of this century, while he would have played with Pirlo in the latter part of his career when he signed for AC Milan.
He also chose Lionel Messi but omitted his namesake Cristiano, which will start arguments because when does it ever not?
No such problems with the Pelé/Maradona debate, however – he simply chose both.