Mido names the best XI of his former teammates
Former Egypt striker Mido has named his perfect lineup based only on players that have been his teammates throughout his well travelled career.
Having played for several high profile clubs in the 2000s, including Ajax, Celta Vigo, Roma and Tottenham, Mido boasts several big name teammates over his career. In a recent interview with FourFourTwo, the 35-year-old revealed the best possible lineup of the aforementioned teammates from his career.
In goal Mido has selected Fabien Barthez. While the Frenchman is mostly well known for his spell at Manchester United, he played with Mido at French giants Marseille. In his well storied career, Barthez won four top flight league titles in England and France as well as the 1998 World Cup.
Mido’s backline includes three former Ajax teammates in Trabelsi, Maxwell and Chivu (the latter of which also played with Mido at Roma), as well as Tottenham legend Ledley King. Trabelsi is widely considered one of the best North African right backs of all time, while Chivu most notably helped Inter Milan to the 2010 treble. Maxwell is currently the most decorated footballer of all time thanks to his spells with Ajax, Inter Milan, Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain, and Ledley King did not quite reach the heights he should have done due to injuries.
Roma have a strong influence on Mido’s midfield, which includes Daniele De Rossi and Francesco Totti as well as former Tottenham midfielder Edgar Davids. De Rossi and Totti are notably one club men with the Giallorossi, where Mido played from 2004 to 2006. Edgar Davids won everything possible in club football as well as picking up 74 caps for a competitive Netherlands team.
Mido added some comments on Francesco Totti, saying “During my time at Roma, Francesco Totti taught me that leadership is not just about screaming at your team mates on the pitch and in the dressing room. He was a very calm guy, but always in full control of the whole dressing room. Another thing I learned from Totti was the value of true loyalty to a club and how to represent the team in the right way.”
The attack hosts three prolific goalscorers in Robbie Keane, Didier Drogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, all of which are the all time top scorers for their national teams. Robbie Keane played the bulk of his career at Tottenham, where he played alongside Mido, scoring 91 league goals for the North London club. Drogba requires little introduction to African football fans, having been a dominant force for Ivory Coast for over a decade despite never winning AFCON, with his spell with Mido coming at Marseille. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, currently of LA Galaxy, has scored some of the most beautiful goals in the history of football during his long career at the highest level and has been selected by Mido despite their infamous bust up at Ajax.
Speaking on Drogba, Mido said “I played alongside Didier for a season at Marseille and he was a top striker – one of the great no. 9s of recent years. He’s certainly one of the best forwards I played with during my career.
No team is complete without a manager, and Mido chose his Roma boss Luciano Spalletti to be the team’s coach. His main other contenders include Martin Jol, Hassan Shehata and Ronald Koeman, however Mido provided an explanation as to why he chose the Italian.
“A great tactician with a strong personality. I learned so much from him at Roma. He is a strong believer in man management, working closely with his players”
While the team does not include any Egyptian players of the ‘golden era’, it is a lineup that would rival that of several legendary players over the years.
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