After choosing not to award the coveted Golden Ball prize this year, France Football has picked the perfect eleven footballers of all time. There were 140 journalists from around the world taking part in the collection.

Goalkeeper Lev Yashin (Russia), defenders Paolo Maldini (Italy), Franz Beckenbauer (Germany) and Cafu (Brazil), midfielders Lothar Matthäus (Germany) and Xavi (Spain), and strikers Pele and Ronaldo are among the eleven greatest footballers of all time (both). Brazil), Maradona and Lionel Messi (both Argentina), the recently dead, and Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal). Those eleven will be led by Scot Alex Ferguson, the legendary Manchester United coach.

Gianluigi Buffon (Italy), defensive players Roberto Carlos and Alberto Carlos (Brazil) and Franco Baresi (Italy), midfielders Alfredo di Stefano (Argentina / Spain), Frank Rijkaard (Netherlands), Andrea Pirlo (Italy) and Zinedine Zidane (France) and forwards Ronaldinho (Brazil), Johan Cruyff (Netherlands) and Garrincha (Brazil).

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (Germany), defenders Sergio Ramos (Spain), Philipp Lahm and Paul Breitner (Germany), midfield players Andres Iniesta (Spain), Didi (Brazil), Johan Neeskens and Michel Platini (France) and strikers Thierry Henry (France), Marco van Basten (Netherlands) and George Best (Netherlands) are the third ideal eleven (Northern Ireland).


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