Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi snubbed by Pele in his team of the year
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the two modern-day legends of the game. While Ronaldo is a five-time Ballon d'Or winner, Messi has won the same on six occasions. Meanwhile, Brazilian legend, Pele has shocked all by not including the both in his recent team.
When it comes to the modern-day Greatest of All-Time in football, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the two names that instantly pop in one's mind. However, who among the two is the real GOAT is still a debate.
The two superstars have taken the sport to a whole new level and are must pick in the best football XI of all. However, some are not convinced with the two and tend to snub either from the all-time greatest team.
Recently, Brazilian legend, Pele tweeted out his FIFA 21 team of the year, for the famous video sporting platform by EA Sports. Interestingly, his team, too, did not possess either of Ronaldo or Messi, despite having come up with outstanding performances last season.
Analysing Pele's team, he has Brazilian goalkeeper, Alisson from Liverpool. As for his defence, it possesses Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) and Thiago Silva (Chelsea).
Moving to the midfield, he has picked three men: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Toni Kroos (Madrid) and Thiago (Liverpool). As for the forward line-up, it too occupies three men, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain, while the final spot is taken up by Bayern's Polish striker, Robert Lewandowski.
Earlier, legendary German midfielder, Bastian Schweinsteiger, too, came up with his Team of the Year and was notable for dropping Ronaldo and Messi from his XI.
Schweinsteiger's team of year: Manuel Neuer (Bayern); Ramos, Virgil van Dijk (Liverool), Marquinhos (PSG), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund); Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), De Bruyne, Joshua Kimmich (Bayern); Neymar, Mbappe, Lewandowski.