Brazilian Legend Ronaldinho Reveals His British Dream XI

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06:  Ronaldinho of Brazil in action during the International friendly between England and Brazil at Wembley Stadium on February 6, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

​As arguably the best player of his generation, the thoughts and opinions of Brazilian legend Ronaldinho deserve true respect.


This week he's passed judgement on the British players he rates highest, and has moulded them all into a formidable-looking dream team. The chosen system is that of a 4-3-3 (though could be considered 4-5-1 to the defensive mind) and is strong to say the least. 


Feast your eyes on this, courtesy of an interview conducted by ​ShortList.


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1. GK: Joe Hart

Ronaldinho's lob over David Seaman at the 2002 World Cup appears to have pushed the former Arsenal keeper's name out of the running.


The Brazilian instead plumped for England's current number one, Joe Hart, who currently keeps goal for Manchester City.

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2. RB: Gary Neville

​Valencia's new head coach is respected enough by Ronaldinho for inclusion too.


Former Manchester United full back Gary Neville earns the call up on the right side of defence after being a mainstay for both United and England during Ronaldinho's heyday.

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3. LB: Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole was once considered (for a heck of a long time) the world's finest left back.


His best days have come and gone, but Cole features on the left flank for his solidity going backwards and his desire to contribute to attacks.​

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4. CB: Rio Ferdinand

​Former Manchester United centre half Rio Ferdinand is working for BT Sport as a pundit nowadays, but during his time he was, like Cole, considered one of the finest in the world in his position.


Ferdinand was pacey, confident on the ball and as smart as any. Ronaldinho must have noticed...

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5. CB: John Terry

​Next to Ferdinand, the Brazilian chose Chelsea skipper John Terry.


Terry is one of the few players on this list still playing at the highest level of football, even while his side are struggling to defend their Premier League title at the moment.

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6. DM: Paul Scholes

In midfield, Ronaldinho has fixed the conundrum that plagued England managers for years on end.


He selected the legendary Paul Scholes for the deep-lying playmaker role. The former Manchester United man is highly regarded by almost everyone who encountered him on the pitch, and it's no different in Ronnie's case either.

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7. CM: Frank Lampard

​So with Scholes holding in midfield, that gives former Chelsea man Frank Lampard the (alright, imaginary) opportunity to feature in a formation he excelled in over the course of his own career.


Lampard became Chelsea's all-time leading scorer during his time with the club, which is rather impressive for a midfielder.

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8. CM: Steven Gerrard

Slightly ahead of Scholes and alongside Lampard sits former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.


The current LA Galaxy man is in the twilight of his career in MLS and while his best days are past him too, you can bet there's a lot of people yearning to see that midfield trio in tandem in this kind of system.

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9. RW: David Beckham

​David Beckham was chosen by the Brazilian to feature in the right sided role, and he seems a perfect fit.


Beckham is retired from the game now too, but was famous for his wicked crossing and passing ability, deadly free kicks and insatiable work-rate. 

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10. LW: Ryan Giggs

​The only non-Englishman to feature in Ronaldinho's team is Ryan Giggs, who starred for over 20 years for Manchester United.


Giggs now works as Louis van Gaal's number two at Old Trafford, and is considered one of the finest wingers of his generation.

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11. ST: Wayne Rooney

​Last but not least - and slightly bizarrely - Ronaldinho chose current Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney to fill the lone striker's role in his dream XI.


Rooney has come in for hefty criticism this season, but the Brazilian clearly believes Rooney is as good a forward as English football has produced in recent years.

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