Ronaldo leaves out big name in his greatest ever XI selection

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Former Brazilian star Ronaldo this week selected his greatest ever football XI, but caused a stir by missing one massive name out.

Ronaldo is widely regarded as one of the best strikers to ever grace a football pitch, winning the World Cup twice with his country, in 1994 and 2002, scoring a brace in the later.

He also played for some of the biggest clubs in the world, including both Inter and AC Milan, Real Madrid and Barcelona, before retiring in 2011 at the age of 35.

Injuries haunted his career, particularly at Inter, where he was restricted to just 68 league appearances in five years, though he did manage to score an impressive 49 goals in those games.

He won the Ballon d'Or twice, as well as being named FIFA World Player of the Year on three occasions.

However, he shocked fans this week by leaving namesake Cristiano out of his all-time XI, selecting himself instead.

The Brazilian chose Pele to partner him up front in a 4-4-2 formation.

Cristiano has won the Ballon d'Or four times, and is expected to retain his trophy this year, as he inspired Real Madrid to a La Liga and Champions League double, scoring twice in the 4-1 success against Juventus in the final.


Cristiano's rival Lionel Messi was selected however, with the Barcelona star on the right wing, and fellow Argentinian Diego Maradona on the left.

Maradona won two World Cups during his career, one inspired by the infamous 'Hand of God' goal against England, but Argentina are struggling to make next year's tournament, out of the qualifying positions with one game left.

Current Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, who was part of the 'Galacticos' with Ronaldo at the Bernabeu, partners Andrea Pirlo in midfield.


Two of the other men who won the World Cup with Ronaldo in 2002 occupy the full-back slots, with Cafu and Roberto Carlos' picks hardly up for debate.

The last three players named by the former striker are Paolo Maldini and Fabio Cannavaro at centre-half, with Gianluigi Buffon in goal.

Whether you agree with Cristiano's exclusion, you cannot deny that is a pretty fierce team.

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