Maldini and Cafu included in World Soccer’s all-time XI

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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.

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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 all-time XI

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).

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Pato4ever
Pato4ever
8 years ago

More Milan players should have been included like Baresi for example

Ryan
Ryan
8 years ago

Messi over Van Basten?

all these as*skissers……

1899 Milan
1899 Milan
8 years ago

It’s great to see milan legends appreciated and hope to see more. Forza Milan!!

AFCA/Milan
AFCA/Milan
8 years ago

Don’t forget Bergkamp.

Olalekan Mojeed
Olalekan Mojeed
8 years ago

Why messi where is shev,inzaghi,delima nd so if messi is there i will also include Sharawy nd balo.

RedNBlack
RedNBlack
8 years ago

Opinions!!!! what difference would it me make if i put Christiano Ronaldo instead of Messi? Baresi instead of Moore? Buffon instead of Yashin?

Andry
8 years ago
Reply to  RedNBlack

Their choice for Moore is a bias one i think.. as its from The English magazine.. otherwise people would pick Baresi to Moore..

formil
8 years ago

i think messi replace with zidane and van basten striker

Some Guy
Some Guy
8 years ago
Reply to  formil

Van Basten would’ve been chosen for sure had he extended his career. Unfortunately, Van Basten ended his career at 29 through injury. That’s probably why he wasn’t there.

tynny89
8 years ago

where is baresi ?

Olalekan Mojeed
Olalekan Mojeed
8 years ago

Milan 4 sebastian corchia of sochaux

eebrokaka_milan
eebrokaka_milan
8 years ago

why are milan fans always sentimental. This is a fair list and every player on the list deserves it. Must all milan players be there. And messi won the world best 4 times more than anyone on the list so why doesnt he deserve to be there. If you read this post very well you will notice those that voted.

Anti-cyborg/gaushow
Anti-cyborg/gaushow
8 years ago

winning Ballon’DOR in this era means sh*t

michalis sentragoal
michalis sentragoal
6 years ago

Not exactly.. Messi deserved all of them. Penaldo is the one who didnot deserve to win in 2013….2013 ballon dor was THE GREATEST EVER AWARD SCANDAL….

michalis sentragoal
michalis sentragoal
6 years ago

Agreed my friend..

Milan4live
Milan4live
8 years ago

I seriously believe either Baresi or Nesta should have been included…

gaushow
gaushow
8 years ago

my only change would be baresi, besides that its perfect..

michalis sentragoal
michalis sentragoal
6 years ago
Reply to  gaushow

Totally agreed !!

Some Guy
Some Guy
8 years ago

Bobby Moore over Baresi?? How does that make sense?

Boki83
Boki83
8 years ago
Reply to  Some Guy

It doesn’t but Moore is English and they always have to put one of their own.

hencyn
hencyn
8 years ago

baresi over moore and ronaldo de lima over messi.

michalis sentragoal
michalis sentragoal
6 years ago
Reply to  hencyn

Agreed about Baresi but totally disagree about Ronaldo phenomenon. Messi is the best ever, deal with that buddy !!

Erik
Erik
8 years ago

I love Milan, but i still have healthy brain., guys, van Basten was amazing, but Messi and Pele are much better. And I dont talk about names that u mentioned – Nesta, Sheva, Inzaghi, Bergkamp. Its not even funny

Vittorio Genovese
Vittorio Genovese
8 years ago

Ronaldo? Baresi? Ronaldinho? Van Basten? mah….

pedantic J
pedantic J
8 years ago

So how can u tell me the list is complete without the Highest Goalscorer in the history of the Competition itself…even when he is also 3 times Ballon D’or winner…

Ric
Ric
8 years ago

World Soccer’s best ever XI?? bobby moore over baresi?? this is not world soccer’s best ever XI

gaf
8 years ago

perfect list by all standards.

Franco
Franco
8 years ago

There are players out of position in this team, there isn`t even a defensive midfielder in there. You need to sacrifice some of the best ever players to build a team that can function properly. My team in 4-4-2 formation would be…

…………Pele……Van Basten……..

Best……Cruyff….Rijkaard…Johnstone

Maldini…Baresi…Beckenbauer…Thuram

…………..Schmeichel……………

john smith
john smith
8 years ago

Where’s David Beckham??? :'(

michalis sentragoal
michalis sentragoal
6 years ago
Reply to  john smith

Nice joke 🙂

michalis sentragoal
michalis sentragoal
6 years ago

Well deserved for the legends Maldini and Cafu. I think Baresi should also have been selected..As for this era, of course Messi deserves it too. He is probably the best of all time.

Ben
Ben
2 years ago

Baresi would have been better and should replace Bobby Moore.