Former Real Madrid and France legend Zinedine Zidane has selected his current best XI that he would like to manage – and has surprisingly included four forwards and an out-of-form Yaya Toure.
Unsurprisingly though, the side features seven Real players including Ballon d’Or favourite Cristiano Ronaldo, while just two Barcelona players make the cut in the form of Lionel Messi and Dani Alves.
The only shock is the inclusion of Toure, who has scored just three goals in the Premier League this season, and had been criticised for his below-par performance at the start of the campaign. The Ivorian has looked to close to his best in recent weeks, but the inclusion of him in a best XI side is somewhat bizarre given the likes of Xabi Alonso, Toni Kroos, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas have been omitted.
Alves is the only non-Real player to feature in the back-four with Iker Casillas in goal, while Toure is partnered in midfielder by Luka Modric. Perhaps bending the rules a tad, Zidane has made room for Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the right despite being an out-and-out striker, and Zidane may receive a frosty response if he dare ask the Swede to play out wide.
Ibrahimovic is joined in attack by Ronaldo, Messi and Real striker Karim Benzema to complete the line-up, and it’s fair to say that this team would be pretty unbeatable.
See Zidane's dream team by clicking on the gallery below.
Zinedine Zidane's best XI
Zinedine Zidane's best XI
1/9 Iker Casillas - Real Madrid
The Spanish goalkeeper has done well to return to form and reclaim his No 1 shirt at Real Madrid.
2/9 Dani Alves - Barcelona
The Brazilian has been a consistent figure in the Barcelona back-four.
3/9 Pepe - Real Madrid
The centre-back is currently keeping Raphael Varane out of the Real side, which says enough about his form of late.
4/9 Marcelo - Real Madrid
Came under-fire for his performances in the World Cup, but his club form has been fantastic and he also scored in the Champions League final.
5/9 Yaya Toure - Manchester City
Toure hasn't had the best of season's so far this year, but three goal in his last five games shows signs that he is on the way back to his best.
6/9 Luka Modric - Real Madrid
Modric overcame a tricky start to life in Madrid to tie down a first-team berth.
7/9 Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Paris St-Germain
Consistently one of the best players in France, if not the world, and a strong international record too.
8/9 Lionel Messi - Barcelona
The record-breaking maestro is locked in a battle with Cristiano Ronaldo as the two just keep on scoring goals.
9/9 Karim Benzema - Real madrid
The striker is sometimes overlooked in Real's line-up given the likes of Ronaldo and Gareth Bale steal the headlines, but Zidane is clearly impressed with what he sees in his compatriot.
However, there’s no room in the side for world-record signing Gareth Bale, nor Barcelona’s summer recruit Luis Suarez, with Zidane clearly thinking that the two Spanish clubs have shelled out more than they should have for the combined £163m players.
They didn't even make the bench, with Zidane choosing World Cup winner Manuel Neuer, his Germany team-mate Phillip Lahm, Frenchmen Raphael Varane, Franck Ribery and Paul Pogba, Barcelona's Iiesta and Toure's Manchester City team-mate Sergio Aguero.
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