Monaco's Teenage Sensation Kylian Mbappe Picks His All-Time Greatest XI

Since the turn of the year, Kylian Mbappe's stock in the footballing world has skyrocketed into the stratosphere. The 18-year-old has scored 19 goals in all competitions this season, including 11 in his last nine games, prompting serious interest from across Europe. After his first France call-up, Mbappe revealed his all-time dream XI, as reported by The Sun, and some of the choices may throw up even more rumours as to where his future lies next season. Juventus' 39-year-old keeper continues...

Goalkeeper - Gianluigi Buffon

Juventus' 39-year-old keeper continues to defy his age and makes Mbappe's coveted XI over the likes of Manuel Neuer, Peter Schmeichel and Iker Casillas.


The Italian stalwart has been an outstanding player and role model throughout his entire career, a worthy choice for any all-time greatest team.

Right-Back - Cafu

Another Serie A star, well a former one, features in this gathering of world-class talent with marauding Brazilian full-back Cafu occupying the right.


The former Roma and AC Milan star was a remarkable athlete blessed with outrageous skill, and went on to lift the World Cup with Brazil in 2002 as captain.

Centre-Back - Sergio Ramos

Perhaps the strangest choice in the team, Ramos has become a cult icon at Real Madrid due to his knack of bailing the team out of jail with late goals.


The Spaniard has enjoyed a fruitful career both domestically and internationally, however, his defensive capabilities and temperament have come under scrutiny various times.

Centre-Back - Paolo Maldini

Sir Alex Ferguson once described Maldini as the "perfect defender" and to be honest, their isn't really any argument against that.


Starting out as a left-back at just 16, the Italian was part of Fabio Capello's great AC Milan side of the early 1990's before switching to centre-back, where he was just as good, for the latter stages of his 25-year career with the club.

Left-Back - Roberto Carlos

Like his international compatriot Cafu, Carlos redefined the full-back position. The Brazilian was a true enigma, blessed with ridiculous energy levels, skill and a shot so powerful it could almost defy physics.


Perhaps not the best defensively, but the former Real Madrid man was an entertainer who still to this day has the best-ever free kick routine.

Right-Midfield - Lionel Messi

Mbappe again chooses wisely with the inclusion of perhaps the greatest player to ever kick a football. Messi is still at the peak of his powers, torturing defences all across Europe from the right-hand side of Barcelona's famous attack.


The Monaco man may even come up against the mercurial Argentine in this year's Champions League.

Centre-Midfield - Zinedine Zidane

The only Frenchman to appear on Mbappe's list is current Real Madrid manager Zidane. He may just be the most complete midfielder of all time and appeared to just glide across the turf in his playing days.


A World Cup winning brace in 1998 against Brazil and a Champions League winning volley against Bayer Leverkusen in 2002 cap off one of football's greatest careers.

Centre-Midfield - Ronaldinho

To be honest, Mbappe was clearly not going for pragmatism with his midfield pivot. Samba star Ronaldinho stands next to Zidane in what would have been the most flamboyant pairing of all time.


Okay, goals may have been conceded, but the attacking flair and exuberance of the former Barcelona man combined with the Frenchman's close control and passing would have been a joy to behold.

Left-Midfield - Neymar

Two parts of the MSN make the cut with Neymar slotting in on the left of this attack-heavy midfield. Mbappe will be hoping he can emulate the talented Brazilian in years to come, with both possessing dribbling ability that inspires fear in opposing defenders.


The Monaco man is probably an even bigger fan of the 25-year-old after his devastating seven-minute spell sent Paris Saint-Germain crashing out of the Champions League.

Striker - Cristiano Ronaldo

Another current Real Madrid star also features with Ronaldo being placed in a central striking role as apposed to his natural place on the left.


The Portuguese star is perhaps the greatest goal scorer in the history of the game, currently holding a record of more goals than games played for Los Blancos - even Messi cannot match that.

Striker - Ronaldo

It's double Ronaldo time with Cristiano's Brazilian namesake lining up next to him in what can only be described as the most devastating partnership ever put on paper.


The Brazilian star, nicknamed Il Fenomeno, is a cult icon throughout the game and if it was not for some serious injuries, he may just have been the greatest player ever witnessed.

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