Football: Ronaldo States Which Former and Current Stars He Would Love to Have Played Alongside

Tom Power

Legendary Brazil striker Ronaldo has revealed he would have loved to have played alongside Diego Maradona and Zico during his own playing days.

The 40-year-old disclosed which ex-footballing stars he'd have happily appeared on the pitch with during a segment on Fox Sports Mexico's 'Face to Face' programme, and the two-time World Cup winner was straight to the point with his choices.

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In quotes published by news outlet ​​Somos Invictos, Ronaldo stated that fellow Brazil legend Zico, as well as Maradona from fierce rivals Argentina, would have been high on his list.

Diego Armando Maradona Trains In Formello
Diego Armando Maradona Trains In Formello

He said: ​"Who would I have liked to have played with? I would have liked to have played with Maradona, with Zico. They were classic number 10s.

"They would give the ball to the forwards every minute. I really enjoyed watching these two champions. I would have liked to have played with them."

Zico, now 63 years old, made over 330 club appearances across spells at Flamengo, Udinese and Japanese side Kashima Antlers, and featured on 72 occasions for Brazil's national side. 

Despite his talent and quality on the ball, Zico, unlike Ronaldo, was unable to lift the coveted FIFA World Cup during his 10-year international career.


Maradona, meanwhile, did manage to get his hands on the world-renowned international trophy - the mercurial attacker's infamous 'Hand of God' moment against England coming during that triumph in 1986 - and enjoyed a sterling club career with honours achieved at Napoli, Barcelona and Boca Juniors before he retired in 1997.

With plenty of world class talent on show in the modern era too, Ronaldo was quizzed over which current footballers he may have enjoyed playing alongside if he was still at the height of his playing career - and the former Inter Milan, AC Milan and Real Madrid striker was quick to name four of the world's current stars.

He added: "Of those currently at the top, (Lionel) Messi, Cristiano (Ronaldo), Neymar, Luis Suarez. There are many good players."

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