The ex- PSG attacker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has chosen himself alongside legendary Argentinian Lionel Messi in his dream team of greatest players he ever played with….but who else made to his best XI. Let’s find out…
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career has taken him all over Europe, playing some of the world’s best teams and with many legends of the game.
GOALKEEPER – GIANLUIGI BUFFON
Italy’s legendary goalkeeper played with Ibrahimovic during his two season at Juventus. Zlatan calls him the “Wall”.
RIGHT BACK – LILIAN THURAM
Another member of the Juventus team that Ibrahimovic became a part in the mid-2000s, Thuram is Zlatan’s pick on the right side of his back four.
CENTER BACK – THIAGO SILVA
Thiago silva is the heart of defence at Ibrahimovic’c former club PSG. Calling him the complete defender Zlatan has put him as the central defender of his dream team.
CENTER BACK – FABIO CANNAVARO
The former Italy captain played with Ibrahimovic at Juventus, before moving to Real Madrid where he continued his legacy as one of Europe’s great central defenders.
LEFT BACK – MAXWELL
The pair have played together for a large part of their careers, representing Ajax, Inter, Barcelona and now PSG. Maxwell is an accomplished full back, and – as with most players who play with Zlatan – has picked up a lot of silverware.
RIGHT MIDFIELD – ANDRES INIESTA
World Cup-winning goalscorer, three-time Champions League winner, and one of the greatest talents to come out of Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy.
CENTRAL MIDFIELD – PATRICK VIEIRA
Arsenal’s captain of the Invincible Vieira was one of the most complete midfielders of the late 1990s and early 2000s.
CENTRAL MIDFIELD – XAVI
The sixth member of this team to have won a World Cup, Xavi will retire from football one of the most respected, and has been one of the decorated players in the history of Barcelona.
LEFT MIDFIELD – PAVEL NEDVED
The talented Czech playmaker was a hugely influential member of the Juventus team that featured Ibrahimovic between 2004 and 2006, pulling the strings from midfield while Zlatan banged in the goals.
FORWARD – LIONEL MESSI
Ibrahimovic’s time at Barcelona is not always remembered particularly fondly, as the Sweden star was often shunted out wide to make room for the supremely talented Messi.
But, even Ibrahimovic has to concede, with this line-up, that when you have La Liga and the Champions League’s all-time leading scorer, you have to play them in the centre.
FORWARD – ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC
The man himself. Only right that someone who so famously refers to himself in the third person should pick himself to play up front for his own personal dream team.