Willian has proved he is a huge fan of beautiful football by selecting a five-a-side team packed with the most artistic players in history.
The Chelsea winger was asked to name his dream team and opted for a star-studded line-up including Lionel Messi and Zinedine Zidane.
The Brazilian gave no regard for his defence, though, completing his team with Ronaldinho, the Brazilian Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta.
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With no defenders or goalkeeper, it’s a team that would be relying on scoring more goals than their opponent rather than trying to keep a clean sheet. Either that or they simply wouldn’t relinquish possession of the ball.
Commenting on his selections, Willian said: “Ronaldo Nazario. That’s my striker,” reported Squawka.
“Ronaldinho Gaucho goes on the left, Messi on the right. Zidane and Iniesta to organise the team.”
Four members of Willian’s team have won the World Cup (only Messi hasn’t) and all excluding Ronaldo have lifted the Champions League. In total, the five players have won the Champions League 10 times and the Ballon d’Or nine times.
Willian probably views his compatriots Ronaldinho and Ronaldo as his biggest idols. The Chelsea winger was 13 when the pair lifted the World Cup in 2002, Ronaldo scoring eight goals en route to the Golden Boot award.
Willian has emerged as a free-kick specialist this season, so Ronaldinho’s audacious lob over England’s David Seaman in the quarter-finals will have delighted the 27-year-old.
As for Messi, a dream team isn’t complete without the Argentine. The Barcelona superstar earned his fifth Ballon d’Or title last month and is Barcelona’s all-time leading goalscorer.
Zidane and Iniesta can both list scoring goals in a World Cup final among their extensive catalogue of achievements, so Willian can be certain his players will produce in the big occasions.
The Chelsea player was a member of the Brazil team that was humiliated by Germany in the semi-final of the 2014 World Cup, cutting short his dream of emulating Ronaldinho and Ronaldo’s 2002 success.
However, he has a Champions League winners medal on his mind as Chelsea face Paris Saint-Germain in the last-16 of the European competition. The first tie will be played at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday and the return fixture is on March 9.
It promises to be an intriguing contest and, if it’s anything like the last two meetings between the two sides, an entertaining one. In 2014 the teams met in the quarter-finals, with Chelsea coming out on top in dramatic fashion.
The Blues were stunned by PSG in France, succumbing to a seemingly-insurmountable 3-1 defeat. However, Demba Ba’s 87th minute goal in the return leg secured Chelsea’s passage to the final four on away goals.
A year later PSG came out on top despite playing the second leg with 10 men for 90 minutes. Thiago Silva’s header in the 114th minute meant Laurent Blanc’s team went through on away goals as Chelsea couldn’t capitalise on Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s first half dismissal.
We’re in for a treat if the upcoming tie is anything like the previous encounters.