MANCHESTER UNITED star Bruno Fernandes has picked his dream five-a-side team – but only with Portuguese players.
The Red Devils ace obviously picked Cristiano Ronaldo but also included some surprising names.
Bruno Fernandes’ dream five-a-side team using only Portuguese stars
Fernandes picked Portugual team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo up frontCredit: Reuters
Rui Costa narrowly made it ahead of DecoCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
The first name on the team-sheet was Wolves keeper Rui Patricio, with whom Fernandes won the Euros.
Former Chelsea centre-half Ricardo Carvalho was his rock at the back.
He wasted no time in picking his forwards with Portuguese legends Luis Figo and Ronaldo slotting in up front.
But in his own midfield position the playmaker found it much tougher.
He was grappling between Deco and the mercurial Rui Costa and eventually opted for the latter – leaving himself out the side.
Asked to explain his thought process, Fernandes said: “I already did this before but it was with Premier League Portuguese players so it’s difficult.
“Sometimes you have to put some players in because you like them and sometimes other players are better than the ones you like.
Wolves keeper Rui Patricio got the nod between the sticksCredit: Getty
Iconic ex-Chelsea centre-back Ricardo Carvalho is the last line of defenceCredit: PA:Press Association
Fernandes wasted no time in including Luis FigoCredit: AP:Associated Press
“In goal, for me, we have good goalkeepers but the one I see more and the one I think who was, for many years, doing well for the national team was Rui Patricio.
“And, because he won the Euros with us, for me he will be in our memories because in the final he was superb.
“Defenders, I would put just one so it’s hard to choose one. We have a lot… Jorge Costa, Fernando Couto, Pepe, Ricardo Carvalho.
“It’s difficult to choose one but I will choose Ricardo Carvalho – because I think he’s an elegant player, such a good player. I think he’s one of the best we have in the Portugal in the past.
“In the middle, I can’t go with two creative players because I need Cristiano and Figo up front. So I just have one place for a midfielder.
‘YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE THEM’
“I go with Cristiano and Figo up front because, of course, two Ballon d’Or [winners], you have to choose them.
“In midfield, I’m between Deco and Rui Costa. This is a hard one. I could choose another one so there is no competition between them. But I will choose. Not myself.
“Argh, I will choose Rui Costa. I really like Deco and Deco, for me, at the time I grew up, was the top No 10.
“But I think Rui Costa was a top player in Italy for a time.
“If you go to Italy now and ask some fans of Fiorentina and AC Milan, they talk about him like he was a top player.
“So I will choose Rui Costa. So Rui Patricio, Ricardo Carvalho, Rui Costa, Figo and, of course, Ronaldo.”
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Fernandes left himself out the sideCredit: Getty