Roma defender Kostas Manolas has named his ideal XI, including Francesco Totti – “the best teammate I’ve had in my career”.
The Greek defender spoke to the Giallorossi’s official YouTube channel, and chose his dream team.
“I’ll choose 4-2-3-1,” Manolas explained.
“In goal I’ll put [Gigi] Buffon, which doesn’t require much explanation. He was one of the best and he played consistently.
“Maicon on the right, I played with him and I understood how good he was going forward. In defence I’ll have [Fabio] Cannavaro and [Alessandro] Nesta, they were two defenders of the highest level – there’s no explanation needed, I don’t have to say anything.
“On the left I’ll put [Paolo] Maldini. In midfield I’ll put Xavi, he played for Barcelona, showed wonderful things and won everything.
“Then beside him I’ll put Zinedine Zidane, one of my favourite players. He drove me crazy with his intelligence and his touch.
“In front of him goes Totti, the best teammate I’ve had in my career. He won the World Cup, he played for Roma for 25 years and made Roma a great team. He’s a phenomenon.
“On the left Cristiano Ronaldo, just look at what he’s won: five Ballons d’Or, the Champions League… everything, even with the national team.
“On the right Lionel Messi. What can we say? He can win games on his own, a phenomenal player.
“Up-front Ronaldo, Il Fenomeno. He’s the best in history, there’ll never be another like him. This is a team which would always win, they’re all phenomena.”
Kostas Manolas’ dream team: Buffon; Maicon, Cannavaro, Nesta, Maldini; Zidane, Xavi; Messi, Totti, C. Ronaldo; Ronaldo
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