During his fabulous career right from Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo has played alongside the football industry’s top players.
The goal-scoring machine recently achieved the highest landmark of his career with 101 goals for his country. Cristiano Ronaldo has experienced life-long stardom and has played with numerous footballers right from the beginning of his professional career.
Here is the best starting lineup made up of players that have teamed up with the Juve star:
The 42-year-old stopper from Italy is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Although Buffon has just played nine games with Juventus in the season 2019-2020, the Italian legend is grateful to be playing alongside Ronaldo. “It’s beautiful. At the end of my career, I was able to play with Neymar and [Kylian] Mbappe thanks to Paris Saint-Germain, now it will happen with Cristiano Ronaldo thanks to Juventus. I think that for players with my experience and with my history, to be able to end the career in such a way is a splendid gift,” said Buffon as per Goal.
Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo
Cristiano’s defense consists of five great defenders from Manchester United and Real Madrid.
On the wings, Gary Neville and Marcelo support Ronaldo. Marcelo and Ronaldo were referred to as the deadly duo with their combination for Real Madrid, and have played 332 games together. Whereas, with 85 caps for England and 20 years spent at United – Gary Neville is an easy pick at right-back.
Next is the central defense. His fellow teammate and admirer from Manchester United, Rio Ferdinand, has played 221 games with Cristiano. He is joined by the current captain at the Santiago Bernabeu, Sergio Ramos with his excellent goalscoring abilities. Ramos played 339 goals alongside Ronaldo. Following is Pepe, the solo Portuguese teammate, who has shared 321 games with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Xabi Alonso, Luka Modric, Ryan Giggs
Xavi Alonso played against Ronaldo in the English League as he played for Liverpool. Later, they became teammates in Real Madrid and shared a total of 208 games. Luka Modric is the only player in this starting XI to win the Ballon d’Or award along with Ronaldo and played 222 games together. Modric previously rivaled the Portuguese in the Premier League when he played for Tottenham Hotspurs.
Ryan Giggs is the oldest player to play with Cristiano in this starting XI. He was involved in 204 games with the former Manchester United dribbler.
Karim Benzema, Wayne Rooney
Finally, the strikers. Ronaldo and Rooney’s unbelievable combination at the Theatre of Dreams led Manchester United to victory numerous times. Rooney played 206 games with Cristiano.
Another prolific striking combination was Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo. Both shared the Madrid turf for 342 games, which is the highest number of appearances than any other player from this starting XI.
Iker Casillas, Patrice Evra, Paul Scholes, Luis Nani, Ruud van Nistelrooy
The starting XI is backed by a multi-talented yet strong selection of players. Iker Casillas, the former Real Madrid goalkeeper, along with Ronaldo, saved the team on numerous occasions. The rest of the four substitutes belong to Manchester United, who shared their football careers with Cristiano and helped Alex Ferguson’s side achieve great success. These include Patrice Evra, Paul Scholes, Luis Nani and Ruud van Nistelrooy.
These are our choices for Cristiano Ronaldo’s all-time starting XI, what are yours?