No Messi!? Kaka picks another ‘genius’ in his dream XI

first_img Attack: Ronaldinho – Click the arrow to see who else features in Kaka’s dream XI – Confessing it was a toss-up between Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi, the Brazilian has gone with his compatriot in this XI, describing the former AC Milan man as ‘a genius’. Defence: Paolo Maldini – Click the arrow to see who else features in Kaka’s dream XI – Arguably AC Milan’s greatest-ever player, Maldini was described as the ‘perfect example to a player’, by his former team-mate. 11 11 Defence: Roberto Carlos – Click the arrow to see who else features in Kaka’s dream XI – Speaking about Roberto Carlos, Kaka described him as ‘an amazing player’. The Brazilian probably makes it into the XI on free-kick ability alone. 11 11 Brazilian hero Ricardo Kaka may be currently plying his trade in one of football’s backwaters, but that doesn’t mean the former Ballon d’Or winner doesn’t know his stuff when it comes to picking out players.Indeed in a recent interview, the Orlando City attacker was asked to pick his dream XI, and there were some pretty surprising (and a few fairly obvious) selections.Perhaps the biggest omission was Lionel Messi, who Kaka acknowledged, but decided to pick another ‘genius’ instead.Click the arrow to see who makes his XI… Goalkeeper: Dida – Click the arrow to see who else features in Kaka’s dream XI – Between the sticks is Kaka’s former national team and AC Milan team-mate Dida, who he described as ‘unbelievable’. 11 Attack: Ronaldo – Who would make your dream XI? Comment below… – One of the greatest strikers of all-time, Kaka holds Ronaldo in the highest regard. Pouring over every aspect of his game, Kaka describes ‘Il Fenomeno’ as ‘the best player I played with.’ 11 11 11 Midfield: Zinedine ZIdane – Click the arrow to see who else features in Kaka’s dream XI – Kaka may not have actually played with Zidane, but his regard for French magician remains great. ‘What he could do with a football, it was sometimes impossible to imagine,’ he said. 11 Defence: Alessandro Nesta – Click the arrow to see who else features in Kaka’s dream XI – A classy defender, Nesta was the seldom heard heartbeat of the AC Milan and Italian national sides’ backlines. Kaka cites his tactical awareness as one of the reasons for his selection. Attack: Cristiano Ronaldo – Click the arrow to see who else features in Kaka’s dream XI – What XI would be complete without the reigning Ballon d’Or holder? Despite being more experienced than Ronaldo, Kaka confesses to having ‘learnt a lot from him’, during his time at Real Madrid. Midfield: Andrea Pirlo – Click the arrow to see who else features in Kaka’s dream XI – ‘I loved to play with Pirlo’, Kaka stated. And it’s little wonder why. The Italian veteran appears almost ageless as he still pulls the strings for Juventus. 11 Defence: Cafu – Click the arrow to see who else features in Kaka’s dream XI – Unquestionably one of the finest full-backs to ever play the game, it seems as though Kaka agrees. The Orlando attacker name-checks Cafu as a player ‘that I’ve learnt a lot from’. 11 Midfield: Andres Iniesta – Click the arrow to see who else features in Kaka’s dream XI – Currently one of the greatest players on the planet, Iniesta is one of the few world class players that Kaka has never played alongside. Speaking about the Barcelona star, Kaka said: ‘He makes the toughest things on a football pitch look easy.’ last_img read more