Messi, Neymar, no Ronaldo: Kevin De Bruyne names his 'all-time greatest 5-a-side team'

Kevin De Bruyne included N'Golo Kante in his five-a-side team

Kevin De Bruyne has named his ‘all time greatest five-a-side team’ in a chat with Rio Ferdinand.

The Man City midfielder recently appeared on the Englishman’s YouTube channel, ‘Rio Ferdinand present FIVE’.

Ferdinand asked De Bruyne to select a team consisting of current players that would beat any team in the world on a ‘medium sized pitch’.

De Bruyne decided to go with no goalkeeper, one defender, two midfielders and two forwards.

View below who De Bruyne selected in his side…

DEF: Virgil van Dijk

When asked whether Van Dijk is the best defender in the world, De Bruyne replied: “I think he’s up there. He was unbelievable before his injury.

“He came back to a real high level. It’s very difficult always to say ‘he’s better than him…’ but he’s probably top three in the world alongside Ruben [Dias] and some other players. I think he deserves it.”

Virgil van Dijk and Kevin De Bruyne

MDF: N’Golo Kante

“I need to have [N’Golo] Kante,” De Bruyne said of the Chelsea man.

De Bruyne has come up against Kante every year since 2015. He must know first-hand how much of a nightmare the Frenchman is to play against.

MDF: Bernardo Silva

When asked why Silva makes the side, De Bruyne replied: “In small spaces he’s unbelievable. He reminds me a bit of David [Silva]. He’s a wind-up, people hate that about him. He gives you a little bit of everything. His quality this year has been unbelievable.”

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FWD: Lionel Messi

Messi was the first player that was named in De Bruyne’s side. It’s not much of a surprise at all that arguably the greatest footballer of all time was included.

FWD: Neymar

Neymar’s trickery, wide range of skills and elite ball control means he is a must-have for any five-a-side team.

The Brazilian and Messi have been included over Cristiano Ronaldo, who is the most notable omission from De Bruyne’s side.

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