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Zinedine Zidane names Real Madrid's three best players

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Man for man, Real Madrid arguably possess the best squad in world football.

From Sergio Ramos in defence, to Luka Modric in midfield and Cristiano Ronaldo in attack, Los Blancos' strength in depth really is quite astounding.

And that's without mentioning the likes of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, James Rodriguez, Toni Kroos and Raphael Varane, all world-class players in their own right.

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But who are Real's best three players?

That was a question answered by Zinedine Zidane in a press conference ahead of Tuesday's Champions League clash with Sporting Lisbon, per Spanish outlet Marca.

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Ronaldo and Bale are his two more obvious choices, but there's an argument to be made that his third pick, Benzema, shouldn't be in the top three.

"It's not that BBC are non-negotiable, it's that they are the best," he said. "All my players are the best, but BBC have a little more.

"The system will not change, we know the difficulty of each match and beating Atletico (3-0) doesn't guarantee anything and tomorrow will be a very difficult game.

"When I put the team together I tell myself that we'll try and win the game, nothing more. We always study the opponent and they'll study us.

Real Madrid CF v Levante UD - La Liga

"I think we have the best players. Placing them on the pitch in one way or another doesn't change much."

There's no arguing against Ronaldo and Bale being in the top three, but Benzema over the likes of Modric, Ramos and Rodriguez is questionable.

But who are we to doubt Zidane, who watches BBC tear defences apart on a weekly basis.

The deadly trio have 22 goals between them in all competitions this season, with Ronaldo scoring 10, Bale seven and Benzema five.

What's more is their 17 goals in La Liga currently sees them top of the table and four points above rivals Barcelona, whose MSN trio have similarly been in prolific goalscoring form.

Real Madrid CF v CA Osasuna - La Liga

It's Ronaldo who has dominated headlines in recent weeks after not only penning multi-million deals with Real and Nike, but scoring a hat-trick against Atletico Madrid over the weekend.

"I've never had any doubts that Cristiano is the best. Tonight ends that debate, the Ballon d'Or will be for him," Zidane said of the Portuguese's performance at the Vicente Calderon.

"I had no doubt, and it is not the three goals he scored that will make me change my mind. He demonstrated it all last season, he demonstrates it every time.

"We expect a lot from him, but he is above everyone else."

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Zinedine Zidane
Gareth Bale
Karim Benzema
La Liga
UEFA Champions League
Real Madrid
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