Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney: Carlos Tevez's XI of his greatest teammates

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Carlos Tevez has played alongside some of the best footballers of his generation.

One of the most unstoppable strikers in the world on his day, Tevez was heavily sought after during his pomp and turned out for the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus.

In fact, Tevez happens to be one of few players in history to have shared a dressing room with both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo respectively thanks to his time with Argentina and United.

Tevez's stellar career

His trophy cabinet boasts two Premier League triumphs, two Serie A victories, the legendary Copa Libertadores, a Champions League winners' medal and the FIFA Club World Cup.

Now, the South American superstar is back where it all started, presumably winding down his career with a third spell at Boca Juniors via a doomed excursion to China with Shanghai Shenhua.

Tevez's goal-scoring statistics are solid enough to suggest he could keep plowing on for a few more seasons, but I think we're all acutely aware that the 36-year-old could call time at any moment.

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Tevez's incredible teammates

As a result, it's only natural that the former Premier League poacher has been rather reflective in his recent interviews and even assessed his greatest ever teammates back in June.

Now, The Sun have put his XI under the spotlight once again and we couldn't help joining in with the fun seeing as Tevez boasts one of the most astonishing back catalogues of former teammates.

Besides, regardless of who you're playing in defence and midfield, you can only go so far wrong when you have two players with a combined 11 Ballon d'Or trophies leading your line.

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Tevez's teammates XI

According to the Manchester Evening News, Tevez told Radio La Red in the summer: "If I retired and had to put together a farewell match, my team would be: Gianluigi Buffon, Hugo Ibarra, Rio Ferdinand, Gabriel Heinze, Patrice Evra, Paul Scholes, Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney. I’d stay on the bench.

Wow, there are some serious namedrops going on there, so be sure to check out how the starting XI would lineup together for this imaginary farewell match.

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An incredible team

Yeh, so, Carlos, we could really do with you putting that game together because the thought of Ronaldo and Messi finally sharing the same dressing room is too good to pass on.

We're convinced it will happen one day. It seems pretty unlikely that it will happen in the professional game, but somebody like Tevez could be who's needed to drum up a suitable charity match.

Either way, though, let the remarkable list of players that Tevez named served to remind us all that, in spite of his questionable attitude at times, he was one of the best strikers in the sport at his peak.

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Which, funnily enough, could probably be said of anyone if they had Ronaldo and Messi giving them service from either flank in this imaginary XI...

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