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The Spoiler’s Greatest Ever World Cup XI

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World Cup XI

From now until the end of time, people will debate the greatest ever World Cup players, and attempt to come up with the perfect team. Fights will break out, relationships will hit the rocks, old women will be arrested in supermarkets for eye gouging.

It’s not easy to do.

The Spoiler thought long and hard about this, with the likes of Romario, Gullit, Ronaldo, Zico, the Charlton sisters, Baresi, Platini, Hagi, Roberto Carlos, Eusebio, and a big favourite in the office, Michael Laudrup, all very nearly barging their way in. At one point there was even talk of leaving Pele out. Seriously, it was THAT bonkers. But in the end the above eleven made it past the cut.

It’s an attacking team alright.


13 responses so far
  • Chris // March 2, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    So the top goal scorer in world cup history, and probably the best pure striker football has ever seen, doesn’t make the team? Tough to argue Ronaldo over Pele, but a different formation should be worked out.
    Another tip: maybe turn down the English bias. They’ve only won once and have 2 players on the club? please.

  • JoshBurt // March 2, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    A good comment, but I’d be inclined to disagree. Ronaldo was brilliant, but the best striker football has ever seen? I’m not even sure he’s the best that Brazil has ever seen. I’d take Pele and Romario over Ronaldo, excellent though he was. As for the English bias, please feel free to suggest more worthy candidates….

  • AlphabetCity // March 2, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    I am not sure an English player gets into this starting eleven…

    How about Walther Zenga/Oliver Kahn instead of Banks?
    How about Juergen Kohler instead of Moore?

  • ManUfourpeat // March 3, 2010 at 2:54 am

    Let’s be honest spoiler, Ronaldo has done more in his career than Pele. He’s the leading world cup scorer, three time fifa player of the year, and two time ballon d’or winner. How on earth is he not on this team. During Pele’s time Football wasn’t nearly at the same level of competition it was during Ronaldo’s prime. Pele also technically only won two world cups, he hardly contributed to the 1962 world cup. In short, Ronaldo is by far the greatest striker to ever live.

  • Kevin // March 3, 2010 at 3:14 am

    Ronaldo was a one trick pony. It was a fantastic trick, but how can you discuss high scorers, and not think about Gerd Mueller? A much more complete footballer than Ronaldo, and second highest World Cup scorer.

    I agree about the goalie. It has to be Zenga. Italy was on the march to the title, he hadn’t given up a goal in all month, and he was beaten by a complete fluke goal.

  • kimblim // March 3, 2010 at 9:15 am

    I would put Schmeichel in goal – the best keeper of all time…

  • Tumi // March 3, 2010 at 11:50 am

    fluke goal? If we’re talking about Caniggias header there was no fluke. Zenga made the mistake to come of his line and Caniggia headed home. Zenga had a great tournament, no doubt, but that goal was vastly due to his error of judgement.

    There will never be unity over a team like this. This team is as good as any.

  • Raph88 // March 3, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    this is pretty much spot on. impressive josh. i would only swap zidane and garrincha, so him and maradona can swap wings. other than that, it’s pretty good. And also less likely to suffer from Citeh attacking syndrome as Beckenbauer can do his stuff at sweeper and all over the spine.

  • ManUfourpeat // March 3, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Ronaldo a one trick pony? Maybe if he only had one good year, but seeing as his career is more prestigious than Gerd Mueller i’ll have to disagree.

  • dylan // March 15, 2010 at 11:13 am

    alright guys heres the deal. pele has down is the greatest footballing legend the world has seen. three world cups. that just says. we must also remember the fifa world player award was not around when pele was playing, so he never had a chance to win it. there should be another formation in place so that gerd muller is in his team. or what about just fontaine, was he even thought about in the process. lev yashin most definitely should be the goal keeper in this team. easily the greatest goalkeeper in the history of the sport. even dino zoff, he was italy’s best goal keeper and oldest ever player, maybe after maldini. ronaldo is probably another that should be in the side, he is after all he greatest scorer in the games history, in the world cup. there is hardly a english bias in this team. bobby basically won the world cup for england and gordon banks as well was extremely good in goal, only out shone by lev yashin. does anyone think zidane should in the side? after headbutting macro materazzi, basically cost them the world cup. im not saying he wasnt great, i love zidane, my fav fooballer actually, but there are just other players i feel would look better in his position. im not sure about matthaus either, maybe johnny rep, or resenbrink or ruminigge? iunno just some thoughts

  • Johnny // July 13, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Ronaldo a one trick pony? What trick is that, to single handedly lead Brazil to the world cup final in 98? A final where Brazil absolutely collapsed without him fit? Or turning Alessandro Nesta inside out that he obsessively watched videos tapes trying to find faults in his performances. Or giving actual nightmares to Paolo Maldini? Or grabbing the ball from half way and dribbling through an entire team and scoring? Or running through a wall of defenders, not past them, through them. Or creating goals out of nothing. Gerd Muller was a one trick pony, a penalty box striker. Ronaldo was a footballer, possibly the most talented ever.

  • Mike // October 12, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Very bad formation. The top striker should be Ronaldo ” The best striker to ever played” The second stiker should be PELE. Cruyff sholud let left off because he could not win the world cup for his country. Roberto carlos should be in for Maldini

  • KOBE // November 9, 2010 at 1:57 am

    Ronaldo has to be on the list as the top striker. Somebody has to make a room for Ronaldo

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