My All Star Retired Starting 11 – What Would Yours Be?

Written by Richard Williams

So, it’s been a while since I knocked up an article for All Out Football due to starting a new job and moving house. Anyway, I have a few ideas floating around my head, but this one I thought might be a winner. I’ve never seen the idea done before, so please don’t hesitate to tell me your thoughts! Here we go.



Most of my favourite Goalkeepers are still playing, but nonetheless, many greats are kicking back in the armchair now. So who would you opt for? Peter Schmeichel? Dida? David Seaman? Jens Lehmann? I think the vast majority will pick Schmeichel, and with good reason. So he’s my choice. I never really got much chance to see Peter in action, I became a football fan at 7 and was more interested in playing it rather than watching. But when YouTube came about it was easy to relive all of his best moments between the sticks. What a keeper, an inspiration to many up and coming Goalkeepers.


Back four-

This was an easy choice for me. Cafu, Alessandro Nesta, Paolo Maldini and Fabio Cannavaro. Four of my favourite players of all time, Maldini especially, a phenomenon, a legend for club and country. I still enjoy watching old games featuring these four, they were always one step ahead of the game. For me, there won’t be many better in the trade of Defending. I can name a handful of defenders in the game at the moment that are up there and will go down as legends. Sergio Ramos, Jerome Boateng, Diego Godin, Giorgio Chiellini and Mats Hummels. Agree with these choices?


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This was more of a difficult choice. But, here they are. Zidane, Ronaldinho, Luis Figo and David Beckham. You’re all probably thinking Beckham? Really? But Beckham, to me was a huge inspiration to me growing up, I played in the same position as him at my first football club, took free kicks too. I followed Beckham like mad, I had England, Madrid, AC Milan and even LA galaxy shirts with his name on. One of my fondest moments in football was when he scored the THAT free-kick against Greece in 2002. I still get goosebumps now. Moving on, Zidane, the greatest midfielder of all time? I think so, such a brilliant player. He had the ability to turn a game around. It was a shame for his career to end the way it did, but at least he’ll be remembered. Luis Figo, again, a brilliant player. I loved watching him for Real Madrid, he had bags of talent in his locker. And last but not least, Ronaldinho. One word. WOW. When I think Ronaldinho, I think about his run from his own half for PSG and his dummy shot against Chelsea in the Champions League, he was outstanding. One of the best players to ever grace the game.


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Easy. Thierry Henry, Raul and of course Ronaldo. Three of the greats for me watching football growing up. Henry, some of the Goals he scored were out of this world, I just can’t get over his skill with the ball. The king of Highbury, absolutely phenomenal. Raul, a Spanish legend, a Galactico. Another player worth watching for any striker looking for traits to add to there game. Lastly, Ronaldo, this was a player who took my breath away and sent shivers down my spine. A natural born finisher, an astonishing dribbler, but sadly, terrible haircuts (could also be said for Beckham) but Ronaldo was on another level, the ball may as well have been glued to his boot, no one could get the ball from him. He even got a standing ovation from the whole of Old Trafford when he netted a hattrick against Manchester United, not many players can brag about that. So, do you agree with my choices? Let me know!

Who else is unfortunate not to make this team? Let us know in the comments below!

featured image by Ronnie Macdonald