Brazilian star Ronaldo was a striking fear in the hearts of defenses long ago before the emergence of Portuguese winger who has now become a household name and De Lima has now named his all-time XI, with one outstanding exemption to the list.
The World Cup winner, who scored twice in 2002 World Cup final ruled against featuring his namesake Cristiano in his selective team, but the Brazilian legend did find space for C.Ronaldo most outstanding rival Lionel Messi.
As revealed by ‘Esporte Interativo’, rather than pick the Real Madrid star, Ronaldo selected to go for a Samba strikeforce of himself and fellow Brazilian teammate Pele, which is quite difficult to contend with.
Ronaldo figured out how to adjust his first XI well, with a lot of Latin American flair, but in addition a specific measure of strength, to a great extent provided by Italians.
Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon was the man between the sticks, with Fabio Cannavaro and Paolo Maldini at the core of his defence. The duo were flanked by Ronaldo’s national team colleagues Cafu and Roberto Carlos.
In midfield, the Brazilian set aside his country’s longstanding rivalry with Argentina to pick Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi on the flanks, with former France midfielder Zinedine Zidane and Andrea Pirlo making up the fantasy midfield marshals.
This team picked by Ronaldo would leave most football fans salivating at its very thought and it says a lot that the only player in the selective side to have not won the World Cup is Messi.
Ronaldo’s side was set up in a 4-4-2 formation and the team are as follows:
Buffon, Cafu, Cannavaro, Maldini, Carlos, Messi, Pirlo, Zidane, Maradona, Ronaldo, Pele.