Cristiano Ronaldo: When Al Nassr Star Named His Favourite XI of Teammates Ahead of Messi Clash

Cristiano Ronaldo: When Al Nassr Star Named His Favourite XI of Teammates Ahead of Messi Clash

Martin Moses
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Cristiano Ronaldo compiled a list of the best eleven teammates in his career
  • Ronaldo has played for five clubs, including two spells at Manchester United
  • Real Madrid players dominate the list, with only one Juventus player making the cut

Cristiano Ronaldo previously revealed a list of the eleven best teammates he has played with in his long and illustrious career.

Ronaldo will go down as one of the most successful footballers in history, with his five Ballon d'Or titles only bettered by Lionel Messi. His career has taken him to Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United(twice), Real Madrid, Juventus and Al-Nassr.

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Cristiano Ronaldo during his Juventus days. Photo by Michael Regan.
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He is set to face Messi's Inter Miami in a friendly game on February 1, though doubts remain on his availability after he sustained a groin injury.

Of the five clubs he has been at, his major successes came during his nine years in Spain, where he won every available trophy, plus a couple of individual awards. It is, therefore, not surprising to see that a good chunk of his best XI includes his former teammates at Los Blancos, as captured by Planet Football.

In goal, the Portuguese icon went with Iker Casillas, whom he played with at Real Madrid. It was a tough choice to make as the 38-year-old has also shared a dressing room with other greats like Edwin van de Sar and Gianluigi Buffon.

Sergio Ramos, Rio Ferdinand, Giorgio Chiellini and Marcelo are the four defenders in Ronaldo's team. Chiellini is the only Juventus player who made the cut.

Casemiro snubbed

Paul Scholes got the nod ahead of Casemiro in central midfield, but Ronaldo settled on the other two go-to Real Madrid pairing of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.

"I think everyone will agree that Cristiano was one of the best, if not the best, player for Real Madrid. Everything that he did and achieved in Real Madrid in eight or nine years, how long he was here, was something out of this world," said Modric in a past interview on Sporkskeeda.

Upfront, the 2016 Euro champion went for the man who broke his Real Madrid transfer record, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Wayne Rooney.

Ronaldo's best XI of teammates

Iker Casillas(Real Madrid); Sergio Ramos(Real Madrid), Rio Ferdinand(Manchester United), Giorgio Chiellini(Juventus) and Marcelo(Real Madrid); Paul Scholes(Manchester United), Luka Modric(Real Madrid), Toni Kroos(Real Madrid); Gareth Bale(Real Madrid), Karim Benzema(Real Madrid), Wayne Rooney(Manchester United).

Ronaldo Nazario's best XI

Sports Brief has also reported that Ronaldo Nazario snubbed Cristiano Ronaldo from his list of the best-ever XI.

The Brazilian legend went with compatriots Ronaldinho and Pele, plus Lionel Messi, as the forwards on his star-studded list.

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