France legend Zinedine Zidane has chosen his Dream XI, unfortunately the World Cup winner stayed away from any controversial selections.
The former Real Madrid and Juventus midfielder has joined the trend of legends naming their Dream XI and Zidane chose an awe-inspiring front four.
Since the Frenchman coaches Real Madrid’s reserve side it’s understandable that over half of his picks wear the Los Merengues shirt.
With Karim Benzema leading the line Zidane’s side would not be short of goals, his compatriot has already managed eight in 13 La Liga appearances.
The France striker will no doubt have plenty to work with up front, Real team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo already has 25 league goals this season and another eight assists. Meanwhile Lionel Messi has been enjoying himself too with 13 goals and seven assists to his name.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes up the front four as one of only two players to be based outside of Spain; the Paris Saint-Germain striker has eight goals this season.
Battle of midfield
Given the competition that is out there it would be a huge honour for Zidane to pick you as part of his line-up, that falls to Yaya Toure, the only Premier League player to be selected. The Ivorian international may struggle for form occasionally but on his day the midfielder can make anyone look like a Sunday league player.
The inclusion of Luka Modric perhaps comes as little surprise, Real Madrid are the European champions and with a pass completion of over 90% the Croatian gives Los Merengues an excellent creative outlet.
Zidane clearly prefers his side to have attacking intent, neither Marcelo nor Dani Alves are known for their defending ability. However both full-backs provide plenty of assists and make good runs to open up the pitch for Real and Barcelona respectively.
The volatile centre back pairing of Sergio Ramos and Pepe works for Real Madrid so it’s good enough for Zidane. Ramos provides an excellent threat in the air and chips in with several goals a season.
The inclusion of Pepe however is either because Zidane likes the aggression that the Portuguese defender brings to the game or he was too scared to leave him out.
It seems that for the number one jersey Zidane is sticking with what he knows, the insanity in Manuel Neuer’s game and Thibaut Courtois’ cat-like reflexes clearly don’t impress the Frenchman as Iker Casillas wins his place in the side.