Bukayo Saka Snubs Arsenal Icon, Names Two Brazil Legends and Man United Star in Dream Five A Side Team

Bukayo Saka Snubs Arsenal Icon, Names Two Brazil Legends and Man United Star in Dream Five A Side Team

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:16 PM
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  • Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka has named his five-a-side dream team, and it contains some iconic football names
  • However, his five-a-side doesn't have one Arsenal icon, Thierry Henry, who's certainly the Gunners' greatest ever player
  • Saka is one of the best wingers in the world at the moment after an excellent start to the season for the English side

Arsenal star Bukayo Saka has revealed his dream five-a-side team, which includes some of the world's greatest footballers. However, he has excluded Arsenal's best-ever player, Thierry Henry.

Despite being only 21, Saka has been an influential part of Mikel Arteta's side this season and has helped the Gunners to their best-ever start to a Premier League season.

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Buyako Saka's team includes Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, considered among the greatest footballers of all time. Photo by David Ramos.
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The young Englishman is expected to play a pivotal role for England in the World Cup, scheduled to start in less than two weeks. The winger has already made 150 appearances for the Gunners at a young age.

He has chipped in with important goals for the Gunners this season, scoring a brace against Liverpool, providing a crucial assist for Gabriel against Chelsea, and scoring against Manchester United, according to Transfermarkt.

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Saka's five-a-side team

Speaking as part of Beats by Dre's Defy the Noise campaign, he named a pretty solid team, most of them with World Cup medalists.

“I’ll go R9 [Brazilian Ronaldo], CR7 [Cristiano Ronaldo], Messi, Iniesta, Ronaldinho,” he said via the Mirror.

Saka identified one match where Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo impressed him.

“A moment that comes to mind is Cristiano Ronaldo against Spain. He got a hat trick that game as well, crazy performance!”
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Saka also believes in the skills of Ronaldinho and Ronaldo, who lit up the 2002 World Cup for Brazil. Photo by Alessandro Sabattini.
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Brazil's Ronaldo and Ronaldinho were part of the iconic 2002 FIFA World Cup winning team, which usually ranks as one of the greatest teams ever assembled.

Meanwhile, Andres Iniesta scored the winning goal during the 2010 World Cup. Messi and Cristiano are the only ones not to win a World Cup.

Saka's World Cup scare

Sports Brief earlier reported on Buyako Saka being declared fit for the Gunners, after sustaining an injury against Nottingham Forest two weeks ago.

The injury left England fans holding their breaths, but fears of him missing the tournament were eased after it was reported he had just suffered a knock.

Saka is set to be called up for the Three Lions World Cup squad, which is expected to be named at some point this week.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.