Pablo Zabaleta has had the fortune of playing with some special football players.
From Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany at Manchester City to Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain for Argentina, the 31-year-old has an enviable list of team-mates past and present.
The defender probably found it difficult to name his five-a-side team and it shows, with Zabaleta including some questionable choices in his dream five.
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Kompany might have a word to say with Zabaleta after the Argentine included compatriot Javier Mascherano ahead of the Belgian.
So too might David Silva. There’s no place for the Spanish wizard in Zabaleta’s line-up - former Barcelona and Espanyol midfielder Ivan de la Pena takes his place in midfield.
There can be no arguments over Zabaleta’s striker selections. Messi and Aguero were unable to fire Argentina to victory at the 2014 World Cup but the two remain world class talents.
In goal, Joe Hart gets the nod ahead of Manchester United shot-stopper Sergio Romero.
Zabaleta refers to the England number one as, “one of the best I’ve ever seen.”
He goes on to brag: “You don’t have any chance to beat that team.”
Zabaleta knows what’s it’s like to play with Mascherano better than most and his reason for including the Barcelona defender makes perfect sense:
“He’s a strong character, always gives 100 per cent for the team, he’s strong in tackles and his distribution is so, so great.”
But to exclude Kompany seems an odd choice. Both are outstanding players but Kompany will go down as one of the greatest defenders in Premier League history - his imperious presence impossible to understate.
Zabaleta has fallen down the pecking order at City and admitted earlier in the month that he will discuss his future at the club in the summer, reported the Manchester Evening News.
The full-back, who has surrendered his place in the starting line-up to Bacary Sagna, has only played three league games as injuries have troubled his season.
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