PAOLO MALDINI and Cafu have been included in World Soccer’s best ever XI, along with Messi, Pele and Maradona.
There are many debates about who was the better team or the better player or what’s the best world XI of all-time. Reporters, former coaches and ex-players from all over the world have picked their best eleven for World Soccer Magazine.
The English magazine picked Arrigo Sacchi’s Milan six years ago as best club team of all time following a survey they conducted with only the national teams of Brazil (1970), Hungary (1953) and the Netherlands (1974) ahead of them.
Former Milan players Cafu and Paolo Maldini are part of the all-time XI. Cafu joined Milan from Roma in 2003 and spent five years with the Rossoneri, winning the Scudetto, Champions League and Club World Cup among others. Cafu, 43 today, was also a Brazil national team player and was regarded as the best right-back in the world for a large period of time.
Enough has been said about Maldini. The player is one of the greatest legends in the history of the game. The left-back who in his late years played more as a central defender, grew up in Milan’s youth ranks and spent 25 seasons with il Diavolo in which he lifted the UEFA Champions League trophy five times and won seven Scudetti. Milan have also retired Maldini’s #3 jersey, which will only be given to one of his sons who are playing at Milan’s youth teams these days.
The XI (4-4-2)
Lev Yashin (USSR); Cafu (Brazil), Bobby Moore (England), Franz Beckenbauer (Germany), Maldini (Italy); Johan Cruyff (Holland), Zinedine Zidane (France), Maradona (Argentina), Alfredo Di Stefano (Argentina); Messi (Argentina), Pele (Brazil).