GMS Academy member Thanos Batzios picks his greatest ever AS Roma XI...

Formation: 4-3-3

Goalkeeper : Guido Masetti

Roma have never really had a world-class keeper. Masetti though was a dependable and consistent shot-stopper, who played his whole career in the capital, making 358 appereances for the side.

Right-Back : Cafu

The Brazilian wing-back had the indefatigable ability to run up and down the flank for the whole game. He played 163 times for the Giallorossi and won the 2000-2001 Serie A title. He is considered to be as one of the best right-backs to ever grace a football field.

Centre-Back : Giacomo Losi

Losi is one of the first real leaders and heroes of the Roman side and he was named "Core de Roma" (the heart of Rome). A two-footed defender with positioning skills, made 386 appearances for AS Roma. 

Centre-Back : Aldair

Brazil has not been blessed with too many world-class defenders, but Aldair could be considered as one. He made 415 appearances for the club, such appearances which made the club retire his shirt number (#6), up until Kevin Strootman retook it in the summer of 2013.

Left-Back : Sebastiano Nela

A versatile full-back which played for both defensive wings during his career, Nela was known for his surging forward and above-average crosses.

He wore the Giallorossi 281 times and was a key player to the defensive line of the 80s AS Roma.

Defensive-Midfielder : Agostino Di Bartolomei

Combine Daniele De Rossi's defensive skills and Xabi Alonso's passing ability and you have Agostino Di Bartolomei.

He made 272 appereances during his 12-year spell with the Roman team. He tragically committed suicide in 1994, in the age of 39.

Defensive-Midfielder : Daniele De Rossi

The Giallorossi's Capitane Futuro (future captain) is a talented midfielder with the ability of controlling the game like very few players in current European football.

Playing with the Roman side for his whole 12-year professional career, De Rossi has wore the club's kit 420 times.

Centre-Midfielder : Paulo Roberto Falcao

Falcao was Roma's controversial choice instead of his fellow Brazilian and huge player Zico. 
This choice whatsoever was the right one, as Falcao was set to be the head and feet of the 80's Roma.

One of the most dominant box-to-box midfielders in his time, the Brazilian made 107 appearances in the Giallorossi kit.

Right-Winger : Bruno Conti

Conti was one of the most talented wingers Italy has produced - and one of the most dominant right-wingers in the mid 70s and the 80s.

He was one of the keys to the Roman side's success of the 80s, when they won four Italian Cups and a Serie A title.

Centre-Forward : Gabriel Batistuta

Argentina's current all-time top scorer, Gabriel Batistuta was the star of the 2000-2001 Italian championship win for the Giallorossi.

The Argentinian striker was armed with natural goal-scoring instincts and a ferocious shot. He played 63 times for the capital's team.

Left-Winger : Francesco Totti

Roma's biggest hero and most loved player ever, the very talented, versatile and great leader Fransesco Totti has an incredible amount of individual honours, being the all-time most capped and all-time top scorer of the Roman side.

An AS Roma team without Er Pupone is almost unthinkable.

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