Edwin van der Sar played with some of the best players of all time during his illustrious 21-year career as a professional goalkeeper.
So it will come as no surprise to see that the Dutchman’ perfect six-a-side team - comprised of the most outstanding players he played with during his career - is pretty special.
There are, however, a couple of notable absentees - including Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Bebe. Okay, maybe not Bebe. (Scroll down this page to see Van der Sar’s dream six-a-side team).
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The former Ajax, Juventus, Fulham, Manchester United keeper named two Manchester United greats, two former Dutch international teammates and the legendary Zinedine Zidane.
Van der Sar also explains why he couldn’t fit Ronaldo into his team.
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Van der Sar explains his choices
The 45-year-old started by naming himself in goal - although he was apparently reluctant to do so - before selecting, without hesitation, Rio Ferdinand as his one and only defender.
Midfield and attack proved to be slightly more troublesome for the former Netherlands international, who was capped 130 times, but he got there in the end.
“Midfield is difficult,” Van der Sar was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. “I’ve had the opportunities with (Zinedine) Zidane, Paul Scholes, Del Piero, Frank Rijkaard.
“Let's go for Scholes. Scholes and Zidane. They could play together!
“Up front there’s Patrick Kluivert, Rooney, Ronaldo – at my time was more playing like a right winger.
“He was good, you could still reach him. You could still make sure that he did whatever you wanted him to do. You’d clap him for running back!
“But I’ve got to pick a Dutch player so I’ll have Patrick Kluivert. He did not get everything out of his career, but in essence he was a great striker.
“The there’s Marco van Basten. But I only played against him so I’ll go Dennis Bergkamp. I think he’s very appreciated here, especially in London.”
Edwin van der Sar’s dream six-a-side team in full
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United found perfect replacement for Van der Sar
Van der Sar won a host of major honours during his career, including four Eredivisie titles and the Champions League with Ajax, plus four Premier League titles and another Champions League with Manchester United.
United fans feared the worst after Van der Sar left Old Trafford in 2011 - remembering how the departure of Peter Schmeichel affected the club in 1999 - but his replacement David de Gea, after a few teething problems, has established himself as one of the world’s best goalkeepers.
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