The Greatest: Alternative team of all-time

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World Soccer Magazine published a list of the greatest players to have ever played the game, featuring the likes of Pele, Maradona and Messi.

I have decided to put a list together of the greatest alternative team of all-time.

The list will not contain any of the players voted by the journalists around the world - instead it will feature players unfortunate not to make the XI.

To take a look at the World Soccer XI, click here - you can compare the teams by commenting below. 

Dino Zoff | Goalkeeper

Regarded as one of the greatest goalkeeper of all-time. He captained Italy to World Cup glory in 1982, becoming the oldest player to lift the trophy at 40 years. Won numerous trophies as a player and manager.

Carlos Alberto | Defender

Named by Pele as one of the top 125 greatest living footballer. He captained Brazil to the 1970 World Cup, just like Zoff. Remembered for his crossing and strong personality on the pitch.

Franco Baresi | Defender

The one-club man was voted AC Milan’s player of the Century in 1999. His calmness, class and assurance on the ball ensured the Italian was a class apart.

Fabio Cannavaro | Defender

The only defender to have won the Ballon d’Or. The Italian enjoyed a successful career at club level, and captained his country to the 2006 World Cup producing a series of stellar performances.

Roberto Carlos | Defender

The World Cup winner took the attacking fullback role to new heights. He finished his career with over a 100 goals, simply astonishing for a defender.

No one will ever forget his free kick against France.

Michel Platini | Midfielder

The current UEFA president was instrumental for France helping them secure the 1964 European Championship. During his prime, he was an amazing free kick taker and a magnificent playmaker.

Xavi | Midfielder

He is perhaps the best centre midfielder ever. His brain, passing, positioning and team player sets the Catalan apart from the rest. Xavi formed an integral part of the Spanish all conquering team alongside Andres Iniesta.

Paul Scholes | Midfielder

He is the only Englishman to feature on the list. Paul Scholes was the best midfielder of the Premier League era courtesy of his extra ordinary passing and eye for goal.

Ferenc Puskas | Forward  

The Hungarian notched up 84 goals in 85 appearances for his country, helping them to an Olympics gold medal in 1952, and a World Cup final spot in 1954. 514 goals in 529 highlighted his abilities.

Ronaldo | Forward

The two-tine World Cup winner was the most feared player in the 90s and early 00s. He is the record holder for the most goals in World Cup competition with 15 goals.

Hugely successful club career with numerous team and individual titles.

Cristiano Ronaldo | Forward

The 28-year-old is one of the greatest players of ever. The skilful forward has taken goalscoring to new extremes with an astonishing 201 goals in 199 appearances for his club.


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