Barcelona's All-Time South American XI Features Messi, Ronaldo And Ronaldinho

Lionel Messi, the original Ronaldo and Ronaldinho are just a few names included in Barcelona's all-time South American XI.

The 2019 Copa America is underway and ahead of Messi leading out Argentina against Colombia, his club have shared their South American XI.

Barcelona have had some of the very best South American talent over the years on their books.

From Ronaldinho to Diego Maradona not to mention current captain Messi, who enjoyed another superb goal-scoring term last season.

The La Liga champions posted a picture of their South American XI, accompanied with the words: "This is the best XI of South American players according to our fans."

Image: Barcelona
Image: Barcelona

Decorated full-back Dani Alves, Gabriel Milito, Javier Mascherano and Maxwell along with goalkeeper Claudio Bravo complete the defensive line.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Current Barcelona players Arthur and Arturo Vidal slot in the middle of the park with Argentina icon Diego Maradona making up the midfield.

'R9' Ronaldo and Barcelona legend Ronaldinho join Messi in a frightening three-pronged attack.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Meanwhile, Argentina have lost the final to Chile in the last two Copa America campaigns and Messi has downplayed his side's chances in Brazil.

"We are not candidates like other times," he said.

"We will go with the same dreams and excitement as always, but the reality is that Argentina is going through a process of change."

While Messi's Barcelona won the La Liga title, they crashed out of the Champions League after failing to defend a three-nil lead against Liverpool and the defeat remains in his head.

"(I am) more tired and frustrated in the head than with the physical aspect, more than anything because of the Champions (League) elimination. It's been the fewest minutes I've played in the last years, I feel fine," he added.

Argentina play Colombia, Paraguay and Qatar in the Group Stage phase.

Will Messi secure his first major trophy for Argentina? Let us know what you think.

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.

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