Icon picks dream Real Madrid XI: Only two current Merengues stars make the cut & Beckham overlooked

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Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas has picked his dream Merengues XI, but only two of Los Blancos’ current stars have made the cut.

The iconic goalkeeper graduated from the Real academy in 1999 and went on to represent the club for 16 years—making over 500 league appearances—before leaving in 2015 to move onto FC Porto.

The stopper enjoyed a magnificent career with the capital club, winning five Spanish titles and three Champions League crowns, and played with some of the greatest players in the game.

In an interview published by Marca, the goalkeeper has revealed his dream Real Madrid XI.

It’s little surprise that the celebrated Galacticos team feature prominently, with Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Luis Figo, Raul and Roberto Carlos all included, but there’s no place for David Beckham, who is overlooked altogether, with Fernando Redondo completing a three-man midfield.

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Claude Makelele has also been ignored by the goalkeeper, but his contemporaries of the 2002 Champions League final—Michel Salgado and Fernando Hierro both feature.

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Casillas’s predecessor Bodo Illgner starts between the sticks, while current Blancos stars Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo—both of whom won La Decima alongside Casillas—are included.

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