Plenty of players, past and present, have taken time to pick their all-time World XI.
It’s good fun and it’s interesting to see which players get selected.
But former Real Madrid striker Raul has just selected a side that beats all World XI’s. Hands down.
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The Spaniard managed to score 323 goals during 16 seasons at the Bernabeu but couldn’t even find space for himself.
Interestingly, he employs an old-school 4-4-2, but there’s no chance of this side lacking fluidity.
Speaking to dreamteamfc.com, per Marca, Raul picked this outrageous side:
GOALKEEPER: Manual Neuer
Probably the biggest surprise in Raul’s side is that he left out legendary Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas. His former teammate is the only player to have made fewer appearances for Los Blancos than Raul himself.
However, Neuer is, arguably, the best goalkeeper in the world so his decision isn’t too bewildering.
A magnificent Brazilian full-back, who made an incredible 142 appearances for his country. He spent most of his career in Italy with both Roma and AC Milan but everyone was aware of his quality.
LEFT-BACK: Roberto Carlos
Carlos, like Cafu, was a regular for Brazil and was Raul’s teammate for many years, playing 11 seasons for Madrid.
CENTRE-BACK: Paulo Maldini
126 caps for Italy, 902 appearances for AC Milan, seven league titles and five Champions Leagues. Maldini is one of the finest central defenders of all-time.
CENTRE-BACK: Fernando Hierro
Another former teammate of Raul’s. Hierro played for the Spanish giants for 13 seasons from 1989-2003. He would form a formidable partnership with Maldini.
He may have played more matches for Barcelona than Real Madrid but Figo is much more liked in the capital than in Catalonia after his controversial move in 2000. Two league titles and a Champions League triumph means the move was worth it.
LEFT-MIDFIELD: Ryan Giggs
The only player in Raul’s midfield that wasn’t a former teammate shows the true quality of Giggs. The record-appearance holder at Old Trafford won 13 league titles and two Champions Leagues during his 24 seasons.
CENTRE-MIDFIELD: Zinedine Zidane
Real Madrid’s manager was also a pretty handy player too. Who can forget his stunning volley in the 2002 Champions League final? What a player.
CENTRE-MIDFIELD: Fernando Redondo
Undoubtedly world-class, but perhaps a little surprising to be selected in Raul’s all-time XI. The Argentine played 225 times for Real Madrid. His defensive role in this midfield would be very important.
STRIKER: Lionel Messi
Despite Messi being a Barcelona legend, Raul just couldn’t leave him out. Five Ballon d’Or’s and one of the best players to have ever played the game.
STRIKER: Cristiano Ronaldo
The two best players in the world playing up-front together. It would be intriguing to see on an actual pitch, but on paper it looks great. Ronaldo’s managed just the 355 goals in 339 matches for Madrid.
We're pretty sure this team would win the league, the Champions League and the World Cup. Without too much trouble.