Ronaldo names four players he would have liked to play with

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Any aspiring footballer with the name Ronaldo has got a lot of pressure to go some way to emulating their namesakes' achievements in the game.

While Cristiano Ronaldo is on the verge of winning a fourth Ballon d'Or, his Brazilian predecessor was pretty handy with a ball at his feet too.

Ronaldo featured for Barcelona, Real Madrid and both Milan clubs during an illustrious 18-year career at the top between 1993-2011.

As well as winning two Ballon d'Ors for himself, the striker also earned the Golden Boot during the 2002 World Cup - a tournament Brazil won - and countless other individual accolades for his prowess in front of goal for both club and country.

Of course, having now been retired from the game for five years, Ronaldo can now look fondly back on his playing days and the current state of the sport he left behind.

So of all the players from past and present that Ronaldo never had the opportunity to line up alongside, who does he wish could have played with?

That's the question Fox Sports Mexico posed to the 40-year-old as part of their 'Face to Face' programme and his answers left football purists drooling at the sheer thought of such a combination.

Of past stars to grace the game, Ronaldo reserved special praise for Brazilian legend Zico and Diego Maradona.

"Who would I have liked to have played with? I would have liked to have played with Maradona, with Zico. They were classic number 10s," he said, as per Yahoo Sport.

"They would give the ball to the forwards every minute. I really enjoyed watching these two champions. I would have liked to have played with them."

There can be no denying that a frontline of Zico, Maradona and Ronaldo would have given defenders nightmares for years but the former striker's pick of current players might actually be even more frightening.

He added: "Of those currently at the top, (Lionel) Messi, Cristiano (Ronaldo), Neymar, Luis Suarez. There are many good players."

It would take quite a tactician to mould those five into some sort of attacking unit but if it could be achieved, you certainly wouldn't ever have to worry about scoring more than the opposition.

Defenders in Europe have enough trouble trying to contain Barcelona's 'MSN' at the moment so throwing two Ronaldos into the mix too would take some stopping.

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