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MY WORLD CUP XI
(From top): Gianluigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro, Roberto Ayala, Gianluca Zambrotta, Philipp Lahm, Andrea Pirlo, Patrick Vieira, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Thierry Henry, Miroslav Klose

The iconic Diego Maradona, who led Argentina to that spectacular triumph in the 1986 World Cup, has picked his All-Star World Cup XI, as well as his best and worst from Germany 2006. Newly crowned champions Italy have the maximum representation (four players) in the Argentine’s World Cup XI, while there are three from runners-up France. The following are Maradona’s picks:

BEST AND WORST

Best team: Italy

Best player: Zinedine Zidane

Best striker: Miroslav Klose

Best defender: Fabio Cannavaro

Best goalie: Gianluigi Buffon

Best young players: Cristiano Ronaldo, Podolski and Messi

Biggest revelation: Ghana

Best goal: Maxi Rodriguez (for Argentina vs Mexico)

Biggest disappointments: Ronaldinho, Rooney, Ibrahimovic

Biggest underachievers: Spain and England

Biggest overachievers: Ukraine, Switzerland

Best referee: Horacio Elizondo

Worst referee: Valentin Ivanov, who officiated the Holland vs Portugal game

Stupidest call: 3 yellow cards by English referee Graham Poll to the same player

Best match: France vs Spain

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