Ronaldo names Messi in his All-Time Greatest XI

Brazilian football legend Ronaldo de Lima has revealed his ultimate all-time Greatest XI with Messi and Cristiano starring in a deadly front three.

This XI was unveiled in an exclusive interview with Mail Sports, showcasing a dream team comprised of some of the sport’s most iconic names.

Ronaldo De Lima and Lionel Messi
Ronaldo De Lima and Lionel Messi

Solid Foundations: A Defensive Powerhouse

Ronaldo’s lineup begins with a formidable defensive foundation, with Serie A legend Gianluigi Buffon guarding the goalposts. The defensive trio consists of Italian stalwarts Paolo Maldini and Fabio Cannavaro in the center-back positions, supported by Brazilian icons Cafu and Roberto Carlos on the flanks, renowned for their attacking prowess and defensive solidity.

Midfield Maestros: No Room for Defending

Breaking away from traditional midfield roles, Ronaldo opts for an attacking trio featuring the Brazilian King Pele, the late Diego Maradona, and the French maestro Zinedine Zidane. This midfield setup emphasizes offensive brilliance, highlighting Ronaldo’s admiration for the artistry of these football luminaries.

The Spectacular Front Three: Ronaldo’s Dream Attack

Ronaldo’s Greatest XI truly dazzles in the attacking department, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Ronaldo himself forming an unparalleled offensive trio. With a combined total of fifteen Ballon d’Or awards between them, this trio represents the pinnacle of goal-scoring excellence and individual brilliance, adding an intriguing dynamic to the lineup.

The Full Lineup: A Football Fan’s Dream

In its entirety, Ronaldo’s all-time Greatest XI includes:

  • Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon
  • Defenders: Cafu, Cannavaro, Maldini, Roberto Carlos
  • Midfielders: Pele, Maradona, Zidane
  • Forwards: Messi, Ronaldo, Cristiano Ronaldo

This star-studded lineup curated by Ronaldo reflects his appreciation for excellence across different eras and playing styles, serving as a testament to the enduring impact these football legends have had on the beautiful game.

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