Your greatest ever team


With a break in Premier League fixtures and now an ‘International Week’, I thought it might be nice to have a light-hearted debate on what could be the Greatest Team Ever from players all over the world.

I have chosen my special team below in a 4-4-2 formation along with 7 substitutes.

Obviously there are many more ‘greats’ that have not made my team, but I defy anyone to name a better team – although I am sure so many will have their own greats they would have in their team.

So my Greatest Ever Team would be :-

G/K – Gordon Banks

Defenders – Cafu, Bobby Moore, Franz Beckenbauer, Paolo Maldini,

Midfield – Lional Messi, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff, George Best,

Strikers – Jimmy Greaves, Pele.

Subs:- Lev Yashin (G/K), Carlos Alberto (D), Franco Baresi (D), Eusebio (M), Michel Platini (M), Gerd Muller (S), Marco Van Basten (S).

By CheekyCockney

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  1. Bloody hell, what a team. Not sure i can better it. Maybe have Dino Zoff as sub keeper but cant complain about Yashin. Zidane may also be on the bench but saying that, who would you take out. Have to say i cant better it, it would be a team that won every single match and probably would not concede either.

  2. I have to agree that is a team of very special talent. I think they would score so many goals and keep so many clean sheets, so to balance it up and give everyone else a chance, i would have Olivier Gioud in place of Greaves, and Wojciech Szczesny in goal.

  3. We are talking World Class players here who did it over many years. Bale is an exception player, but not in thier standards at the moment. If he can do it regularly for a few years he may get on the bench, but thats a very long way off.

  4. Sorry, have only just finished laughing – where's Bale ? Maloney mate you are living in a dream world.
    I think Cheeky's team is brill, maybe have Perer Schmeichel or Pat Jennings as the sub keeper.

  5. Not one of the all-world players from the great Real Madrid teams? No di Stefano or Puskas? The issue maybe that we are talking different eras and the players from the 1950s couldn’t keep up, but you can’t deny their greatness with nary a word. They formed the scoring core of the most dominant dynasty soccer may have ever seen.

    • Rand, I could'nt agree more. My team is of course only my opinon. Di Stefano & Puskas were greats without doubt, but at the end of the day, you can only ever have 11 players out there on the pitch.
      Lets face it, there are so so many players who have'nt made it in my team. The whole of the 1970 Brazil squad for a start. Sepp Maier the German keeper, Klinsmann, Zidane, Paolo Rossi, some of the Spanish world cup winners, Bobby Charlton, Dennis Bergkamp, and even my own hero Dave Mackay etc etc, the list could go on and on.

      By CheekyCockney

  6. Buffon; Beckenbauer, Baresi, Maldini, Nilton Santos; Messi, Maradona, Zico, Cruyff; Pelé, Romário.
    Subs: Banks, Moore, Roberto Carlos, Zidane, Di Stefano, Garrincha, Ronaldo

  7. P. Schmeichel,

    G. Neville, L. King, B. Moore, R. Carlos,

    C.Ronaldo, P. Gascoigne, Z. Zidane, P. Scholes, R.Giggs


    Subs: P.Jennings, S. Campbell, T.Adams, G. Zola, P.Viera, J.Greaves, Ronaldo (brazilian one)

  8. greatest teamever
    jennings knowles norman blanchflower hughton
    ardiles hoddle mackay bale
    Bobby Smith greaves

    could anyone live with them, think not

    • Perhaps I can explain david. Beckenbauer was in fact one of the first 'Defenders' to be able to use the ball from the back – like Ferdinand of today. In those days players played by their numbers. No.1 was a Goalkeeper, 2,3,4 & 5 were Defenders and so on. Beckenbauer was No.4. I hope this explains everything.
      And anyway, Beckenbauer would be in most people's team, He was simply a magnificent player.

      By CheekyCockney

  9. Why do people reply to such tossers as david – and i have to say Cheeky as you wrote the original piece that you do not have to lower yourself to explain to such morons. Lets forget about david the div and get back to the real issue. Your team Cheeky is a great side and would definitely take some beating, and as you also mention, Beckenbauer was a truly great player.


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