Thiago Silva has named his dream team, choosing a marvellous collection of teammates and opponents.
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Speaking to Sport, the current Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain skipper has picked his perfect starting XI—choosing a formidable side made up of current players.
Naturally, both the defender’s compatriots from the Selecao and his teammates from Paris figure prominently, but there is also a place for some rivals who have never played alongside the former Milan man.
Surprisingly, perhaps, for a centre-back, Silva’s side is incredibly attacking—you suspect he’d much rather be playing with this side than against it!
In goal, Tottenham Hotspur keeper Hugo Lloris gets the nod—a snub for teammates Julio Cesar and Salvatore Sirigu.
Silva picks himself in defence, alongside buddy David Luiz in the heart of the backline. The defensive five is completed by Maxwell on the left and…oddly…Mahamadou Dabo of Olympique Lyonnais on the right.
This leaves no place for Dani Alves, Silva’s national teammate and PSG target.
In midfield, Silva has opted for his current colleague Blaise Matuidi, alongside two more transfer targets for Laurent Blanc’s side—Angel Di Maria and Paul Pogba.
The attacking line doesn’t include Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo—the two greatest players in the world today—while Neymar also misses out.
Instead, it features Zlatan Ibrahimovic, flanked by Karim Benzema and Frank Ribery.
Even without Ronaldo, Neymar and Messi, that front three could certainly do some damage!