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Dwayne De Rosario’s Ultimate XI
February 19, 2009, 8:17 AM
Filed under: Dwayne DeRosario, FIFA, Toronto FC

Dwayne De Rosario has played on four Major League Soccer championship teams and has been a league all-star three times since joining the league in 2001. After successful stints in San Jose and Houston, De Rosario is back in his native Ontario, playing his first season for Toronto F.C. He won back-to-back goal of the year award in M.L.S. (2004 and 2005), so perhaps it should not be a surprise that De Rosario went with a tantalizing, offensive-oriented Ultimate XI.

Goalkeeper — Peter Schmeichel

A defenders dream! Any mistakes and he is the keeper who would save your job. Dominant presence in the box with his size and strength, but for a big guy he is agile on his feet. Intimidated opposing offenses; very vocal, a great organizer. Schmeichel always came up with big saves for Manchester United and rarely made mistakes.

Defender — Franz Beckenbauer

Here is one of the most intelligent and hard defenders. Was a rock in the defense for Germany. Had great vision and was always composed.

Defender — Paolo Maldini

Has shown over the years why he is one of the greatest defenders in the history of the game. He is the Don for Milan and a true leader for the Rossoneri Has captained Italy and is a loyal player to Milan.

Defender — Cafu

One of my favorite wing backs. Endless engine … a personification of the hard-working player. Has achieved so many titles I don’t know were to begin. A nightmare for left-sided midfielders and strikers.

Midfielder — George Best

Now let’s be honest — his name says it all. Great vision good with both feet, an absolute legend to the game of football.

Midfielder — Diego Maradona

Has brought a flair into football. It was nearly impossible to get the ball off his feet. His skill was one of class and his attitude towards winning was immense. Another true legend!

Midfielder — Zinédine Zidane

I could have given this spot to Michel Platini so one could only imagine the respect I have here for both! Zidane’s composure on the ball was truly admirable; he could have dribbled his way calmly out of any situation and won the World Cup single-handedly for France. A big-game player!

Midfielder — Rudd Gullit

Loved watching those flashing locks dominate the field. One of the most solid, composed intelligent midfielders Milan has ever had. Even though Clarence Seedorf is another favorite of mine who also had locks, Gullit was a force that couldn’t be reckoned with. He took control of the midfield and helped Milan to a number of Serie A titles.

Striker — Pelé

The world greatest player. A class act on and off the pitch. He changed the game for all football lovers with his speed, skill, vision, flair etc. He was like a football monk. Known for the bicycle kick, which I call “the Pelé.” The first player to really take football to the forefront of everyday life, and he still remains humble and passionate for the sport. He broke all barriers to race in his day because all fans loved to watch him play and couldn’t help but admire his dominance. Message to the world: a black man in the all-white of Santos of Brazil! Beautiful.

Striker — Romário/Ronaldo

Sorry, I couldn’t decide between these two greats. Romário has scored the most goals of any footballer in the world regardless what anyone says. He’s a finisher. For a short man, he was good in the air and deadly with his feet. He wasn’t the workhorse forward, but that’s why I had to use the word striker. A true clinical finisher, which leads me to Ronaldo, WOW! Where do I start, a mix of power, speed, skill who will terrorize any defender. Has the lead in scoring on every team he played and has been a dominant player in the Dutch, Spanish, and Italian leagues, and internationally. Both can score on the the smallest of chances, two all-time legends who have blessed the game.

Striker — Marco van Basten

As a big man definitely, van Basten had the skill to back it. Scored some fantastic goals and created some of the most memorable moments in football. Could hold the ball, was dangerous with crosses and was ever so clever with his back to goal. I think beside his strength, Van Basten’s best attributes were ability to read the game. He always precisely timed his runs in the box and could mesmerize fans with his runs off the ball. A very unselfish player with great workmanship and also a clinical finisher.

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