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Messi & Ronaldo in Barcelona star's Dream XI

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Barcelona defender Gerard Pique opted to include both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in his 'Dream 1 to 11' – a team comprised of current and former teammates of the Spain international.

Pique – who was speaking to Sky Sports' Fantasy Football Club - played with Ronaldo during his spell at Manchester United, and labelled the current Real Madrid superstar a "machine".

However, the 26-year-old was in no doubt that Messi – his current Barcelona teammate – is the world's best player.

Pique also selected Manchester United's Wayne Rooney – adding that the England international could play at a club like Barcelona or Real Madrid – and central-defender Rio Ferdinand, who was praised for his light-hearted nature in the dressing room.

The rest of the team were Pique's current Barcelona teammates, with the exception of Eric Abidal, who left the Nou Camp for AS Monaco in the summer.

The centre-back also selected Victor Valdes as his goalkeeper, ahead of the likes of Iker Casillas and Edwin van der Sar – while Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs were two surprise omissions.

Pique, somewhat unsurprisingly, went for the midfield trio of Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and Xavi, who the Spaniard believes will be a future coach of FC Barcelona.

Gerard Pique's dream 1-11:

Goalkeeper: Victor Valdes
Right-back: Dani Alves
Centre-back: Rio Ferdinand
Centre-back: Carles Puyol
Left-back: Eric Abidal
Defensive-midfielder: Sergio Busquets
Central-midfielder: Xavi
Central-midfielder: Andres Iniesta
Left-forward: Wayne Rooney
Right-forward: Cristiano Ronaldo
Centre-forward: Lionel Messi

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Real Madrid
Lionel Messi
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Gerard Pique
Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo
Barcelona

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