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Toni Kroos excludes Cristiano Ronaldo from his all-time Real Madrid five-a-side

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Toni Kroos chose his all-time Real Madrid five-a-side team in a feature released by Marca today. The German chose a 1-2-1 formation, with Iker Casillas in goal behind Roberto Carlos in defence and a midfield two of Uli Stielike and Zinedine Zidane. Raul led the line, leaving many to note with interest the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Kroos joined Madrid from Bayern Munich in 2014, just after he won the World Cup with Germany in Brazil. He’s enjoyed great success at the Santiago Bernabeu, winning La Liga twice and a remarkable three Champions League titles.

Casillas is widely considered to be the best goalkeeper in Madrid’s history, while Roberto Carlos is an icon. Zidane was a legend at the club as both a player and a coach. Stielike is a compatriot of Kroos’ – he spent seven years at Madrid between 1977 and 1985. Raul is also a Madrid legend, and is currently in charge of Castilla.

But the decision to exclude Cristiano has raised eyebrows. The Portuguese scored 450 goals in 438 appearances for Madrid between 2009 and 2018, and was key man in each of the three Champions League-winning teams Kroos was a part of.

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