harms Sources of inspiration When you have the greatest footballer of all time in your team you have to build your side around him. Pelé was a truly unique footballer — in that sense that it's even hard to agree on his peak role and position. His peak was in the first half of the 60's (sadly the injuries in 1962 and 1966 denied him a chance of showing his true level at the respective World Cups), so it makes perfect sense to try and recreate the conditions he shined in. By France Football's reevaluation in 2016, which retrospectively included non-Europeans into the vote, Pelé would've won 6 out of 7 Ballon d'Ors from 1958 to 1964! Both Brazil and Santos played a hybrid formation that is usually named 4-2-4 (or 4-4-2), but on paper it often transformed into a kind of 4-3-3 — Zagallo for the national team and Dorval for Santos dropped deeper into midfield line to compensate for an overly attacking winger on the other side. That meant that Pelé often became a third man in attack — despite scoring roughly at the rate of 1,5 gpg Beckham and Rensenbrink are a natural fit for those wing roles — we all know how much Beckham contributed to midfield (a la Zagallo) and Rensenbrink — a devastating dribbler and a prolific goalscorer (better than 1 in 2 for Anderlecht) — on the left is a seamless fit to Pelé in a wing-forward role. Individually they're both top-notch — Beckham is probably the best crosser of the ball in history and a key part of the successful United and Madrid teams, and Rensenbrink got into 2 World Cup All-Star teams and twice finished in top-3 of Ballon d'Or votes Spoiler Imagine Pelé and Law at the end of Beckham's crosses (skip to 3:24 for actual headers) The rest of my team is pretty straightforward. 2 midfield generals in Effenberg and Lerby, where Lerby does more running and Effenberg is the midfield playmaker. And a United-based defensive unit with the additions of Vasović (arguably Eastern Europe's and Ajax's best defender) and van Beveren — considered by many to be the best Dutch keeper of all-time. Moby What a devastating team. Playing 4-3-3 as the graphic suggests, high intensity containment and barricading in defense and midfield off the ball with lightning quick and smooth transitions on the ball providing that unstoppable front three with a constant array of unpredictable passing and service, and the attack to do the rest. The midfield is where the juices start flowing. Shielding the back four and the glue holding the midfield together is the Brazilian twice WC winning legend, Zito. Well capable of dominating an entire midfield himself, he is the required stability and solidity to allow the other two the platform to shine. An absolutely mouthwatering attack that sees the Arsenal and French legend Thierry Henry playing as the left forward, Portuguese and Barca/Madrid legend Luis Figo occupying the right flank with the greatest no. 9 to ever grace the pitch in Ronaldo as the centre forward. Together the three of them pack an insane punch in terms of pace, power, dribbling, creativity, clinical finishing, trickery, big match moments and it will take a monumental effort to restrain them from putting massive dents into the opposition goal. The Barca version of Figo who was a brilliant pacy counter attacking player will compliment the two goal scorers brilliantly in terms of driving down the flank and supplying the ammunition as well as taking his trademark long range bullets. In Henry and Ronaldo, there are two of the greatest goalscorers the game has seen. Similar to Madrid who have the same creative engine to supply Cristiano, with that sort of creativity, both Henry and Ronaldo would be absolutely lethal here and provide an enormous goal threat. Not to mention both are well capable of singlehandedly taking out entire defense with the sheer pace and dribbling. Key Points: Unbelievable attacking potency which when running at full pelt towards the defenders will cause havoc. The front three being well capable of scoring and creating for others as well as providing the moments of magic required to win a game like this. A well proven creative engine to take control of the midfield proceedings and provide the star studded attack ample amount of chances throughout the game. The offensive-defensive balance of the midfield that will fully contribute in both phases of the game. Complimentary backline with a GOAT DM shielding them. Huge reserves of stamina and work rate all over the park. Ability on the ball from the back to kick start deadly counters especially with that electric attack in front. Lastly, Luis Ronaldo vs Nemanja Vidic is an absolute mismatch in terms of pace, with Ronaldo constantly running with the ball towards him, there is absolutely no chance of recovery once he dribbles past him, a massive game swinging advantage.