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The 'Ballon d'Or Dream Team' Has Been Announced And It's Filled With Legends

The 'Ballon d'Or Dream Team' Has Been Announced And It's Filled With Legends

France Football have finally named their 'Ballon d'Or Dream Team' and it is brimming with football legends.

A shortlist was put together which 140 different journalists to vote for the greatest players in every position on the pitch.

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Lining up in a 3-4-3, XI players have emerged from an original list of 110 to be named the greatest of all time.

Goalkeeper: Lev Yashin

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Defender: Cafu

Defender: Paolo Maldini

Defender: Franz Beckenbauer

Midfield: Pele

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Midfield: Xavi

Midfield: Lothar Matthaus

Midfield: Diego Maradona

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Forward: Lionel Messi

Forward: Ronaldo Nazario

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There can be little argument against any player included in the team, with them all having played and won honours at the highest level.

Lev Yashin was nicknamed the 'Black Spider' during his playing days and was known for having incredible reflexes and an unrelenting presence between the sticks.

A three man defence of former AC Milan duo Cafu and Paolo Maldini alongside Franz Beckenbauer would send a shiver down attacker's spine.

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Cafu and Beckenbauer are former World Cup winners, while Maldini is the definition of a one club man.

He won the lot across 25 years and 902 appearances for Milan.

Midfield sees Lother Matthaus and Xavi deep together, with Pele and Diego Maradona in attacking roles.

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Pele is often regarded as the greatest ever and has three World Cup medals to his name.

Two men who are often compared to Pele are Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, the only two active players to make the list.

Ronaldo has won five Ballon d'Or's while Messi has six, and the pair have pushed one another nonstop over the last 15 years.

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Up front alongside them is Ronaldo Nazario, who forged a legacy as one of Europe's most prolific forwards.

Do you agree with France Football's picks?

Let us know in the comments.

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Topics: Xavi, Football News, Paolo Maldini, Football, Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona, Lists, Legends, Pele, Cristiano Ronaldo

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