While the Ballon d’Or may not have taken place this year, a seriously unfortunate development for Robert Lewandowski, France Football developed a good little side project.
Calling on 140 football journalists from around the world, a shortlist of the greatest ever players to complete a starting XI was pulled together.
That lineup has now been revealed, taking the shape of an attacking-focused 3-4-3…Obviously.
With probably the most solid spine backline any football team has ever had, Cafu, Paolo Maldini and Franz Beckenbauer sit in front of the ‘Black Spider’ Lev Yashin.
Ahead of them is Lothar Matthaus, Diego Maradona, Xavi and Pele, which again, isn’t a bad midfield line.
Up top there’s room for both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, alongside O Fenômeno.
Goalkeeper: Lev Yashin
Defender: Paolo Maldini
Defender: Franz Beckenbauer
Midfield: Lothar Matthaus
Midfield: Diego Maradona
Forward: Lionel Messi
Forward: Ronaldo Nazario
Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo
With the task being such a tough one, France Football also revealed a second and third squad, to offer a consolation to those who just missed the cut of the first team.
Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and Johan Cruyff feature in the second string team, while Thierry Henry, Sergio Ramos and George Best all make the third.
Not bad eh? Are there any glaring omissions?
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