Brazil Legend Ronaldo Picks His Dream Starting XI and It’s Just as Fearsome as You’d Expect

?Arguably the best striker of all time, Ronaldo de Lima has stormed Serie A, La Liga and the international stage having won the highest honour in football, the World Cup. 

The sensational forward obviously played alongside some of the very best along the way in his illustrious 18-year career. While speaking to FATV, Ronaldo revealed his all-time top XI, including past and present greats and it might just be the greatest team ever built.

The two-time Ballon d’Or winner scored 352 at club level, while also managing an impressive 62 goals in 98 games for Brazil. R9 has graced the field for a number of top clubs, including: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Corinthians, but who features in his dream outfit?

The Brazilian has created an absolutely legendary side here and has opted to select current-day superstar, Lionel Messi – who bettered Ronaldo’s scoring record at Barcelona which stood at 47.

Ronaldo had previously managed 34 goals in 37 appearances in La Liga and received the first of his three Player of the Year awards in the 1996-97 season, despite only playing in Barcelona for a single season.

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The striker is probably most famous for his brace against Germany in the 2002 World Cup final, as Brazil ran out 2-0 victors. Luiz Felipe Scolari chose to select Ronaldo in the Selecao, despite the move being labelled a gamble, as the player had barely played football for two years.

Having helped himself to eight goals, as Brazil secured their fifth and to date last World Cup title – with the tournament recommencing in Russia next year – Scolari must have wondered in hindsight how there was even a decision to be made.

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Ronaldo topped a glorious 2002 with his third and final World Player of the Year, having won his second at Inter in 1999. The striker then spent five years at the Bernabeu during the famed galactico era – netting 104 goals in 177 games.

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Barcelona Star Spending His Injured Time Wisely by Signing Up for €15k-Per-Month Mansion

?Barcelona attacker Ousmane Dembele is said to be shelling out a massive €15k-a-month for his new luxury home after calling an end to his three months in a suite inside the Juan Carlos I hotel. 

The 20-year-old, who became Barca’s most expensive player in history over the summer following his €105m (£93m) switch to the Camp Nou from Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund, has rested on a spot within the centre of Pedralbes, near the Catalonian stadium. 

The young Frenchman, who pockets a cool basic salary of €12m-per-year, with the possibility of that rising to €20m should he reach certain objectives, had been residing in a luxury hotel since arriving in Spain, but has since decided to find a place to call his own, well, sort of. 

According to Spanish news publication ?Sport, Dembele’s new abode is just your standard run-of-the-mill three-story mansion which houses five bedrooms, an outdoor temperature-controlled swimming pool, enough parking for four cars (because why would you just need one), a lift (no injuries there then) and, of course, his very own private cinema. At least he won’t have to spend a week’s wage on popcorn like the rest of us. 

The house and grounds spans over a stretch of land 750m squared, with with bricks and mortar covering 456m of that. Slightly bigger than your typical house, one would assume. 

Now, as you would expect, all of this luxury doesn’t come for free, with the Barcelona star laying out whopping €15k-per-month, and here’s me thinking it would be expensive. 


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To be fair, the fact Dembele now has his very own cinema may come in handy as he continues to recover from his thigh muscle rupture, which will see him sidelined until January. 

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World Cup Winner David Villa Reveals Who He Would Like to See Win the Champions League

Former Barcelona striker David Villa has told Marca that he is hoping to see a power shift in Europe this season, with Atlético Madrid and Barcelona his two choices to overthrow Real Madrid at the summit of the footballing ladder.

The 35-year-old, who earned the nickname El Guaje (the kid) growing up in Spain, spent three years at Camp Nou following a £36m move from La Liga rivals Valencia. 

Villa then moved to the Spanish capital to play for Atlético, eventually leaving Spain 12 months later to join New York City FC in 2014.

??“They will be among the favourites, that’s for sure,” Villa said of Real Madrid’s chances at securing a third consecutive Champions League trophy. 

“I hope Atlético Madrid win the Champions League this time, or Barcelona, obviously.”

Villa, who made 119 appearances for the Blaugrana in three years in Catalonia, has been one of the star players in Major League Soccer since moving to America three years ago and has been linked with a return to Europe.

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However, the Spaniard has admitted that he is not interested in leaving the MLS and has even said that former teammates have been in contact over a potential move to the States.

“I think that anyone who has actually watched an MLS game can say that it’s a very competitive, physical and attractive league,” Villa continued.

“The MLS is growing a lot and is having more and more global impact. Many [former teammates] have called me and are interested in what’s going on here.


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“I’m very happy to know that people remember me but at the moment I’m very happy here and I’m not considering a return to Europe.”

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Premier League Winger Blocked From Moving to Barcelona Attracts Interest From Pep Guardiola

?Former Premier League champions Leicester City have had a great dip in form since winning the title two seasons ago and this has caused a lot of speculation amongst the squad’s future.

Riyad Mahrez has previously been linked to transfers to Roma and Barcelona in the Summer but managed to stay put with the Foxes and remains one of their best players.  

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According to Spanish outlet ?Don Balon, Barcelona had been blocked by Lionel Messi from buying the Algerian because he believed the 26-year-old would have too much influence over Barca’s current style of play.

Since then, Pep Guardiola, a strong admirer of the winger, has gained a keen interest in bringing Mahrez to the Etihad.

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Already in charge of the strongest squad in the league, the Spaniard wants Mahrez as an alternate option on the right or as an impact sub to insure Manchester City keep their solid winning streak. 

The Algeria international played an integral part in Leicester’s first ever Premier League title with his pace and phenomenal skill on the ball. 

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He is looking to play in the Champions League again but insists that he is not focused on leaving the Foxes.

“Yes I am happy, I am happy,” he said. “I’m here four years and I love this club. I am very happy.

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“I don’t want to think about [January]. We still have 12 games to go until January, so if I think about January now I’m not going to play football.

“I need to play and concentrate on football and the team and we will see.”

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Ernesto Valverde Insists Barcelona Will Not Close the Door on a Move for Atleti Superstar Griezmann

?Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has revealed he is interested in signing Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann and will not close the door on a possible deal for him.

The Spaniard has reiterated his desire to do business for the player in January, after trying to sign Philippe Coutinho and Angel Di Maria in the summer.

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Local reports claim the Brazilian is still top of the Blaugrana’s wish list ahead of the next transfer window, but Griezmann is a legitimate target as well.

Griezmann is expected to leave the club soon, with Diego Costa to be registered in January after signing from Chelsea.

The forward looked all set to join Manchester United in the summer, but performed a U-turn after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the club’s transfer embargo. It resulted in the Frenchman staying put out of loyalty, knowing they wouldn’t be able to register a replacement for him.

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Manchester United remain favourites for his signature, but Barcelona have joined the race, as have German giants Bayern Munich and the player’s buy-out is set at €100m.

Valverde said, as quoted by ?ESPN: “Griezmann is a great player, one of the names being talked about but for now I have the players that I have.

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“In the future, we will see. Of course, the club, like all clubs, is open to doing business in the January window, even though we’re happy with what we already have. We’re not going to close the door on anything.”

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