Cristiano Ronaldo: Mario Balotelli leaves out Portuguese star in selected XI

Cristiano Ronaldo: Mario Balotelli leaves out Portuguese star in selected XI

- Cristiano Ronaldo has been left out of Mario Balotelli's ultimate squad

- The 29-year-old selected two Premier League stars and others from Serie A

- Balotelli won the Premier League title with Manchester City in 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo's name was obviously missing in Mario Balotelli's best XI of all time.

The Italian striker picked Barcelona's Lionel Messi and selected two Premier League stars as well as Brazil legend Ronaldo Nazario De Lima.

In a Puma Instagram chat with Thierry Henry, the 29-year-old was asked to name his ultimate XI by the Arsenal legend.

Man City's Yaya Toure and Liverpool's icon Steven Gerrard was also part of the Brescia striker's choice in the middle of the park.

Balotelli's compatriot Alessandro Nesta and Fabio Cannavaro are in the heart of the defence with Messi and Ronaldo playing the striking role.

His former teammate Antonio Cassano is also included in the forward role while Brazil's Maicon and Maxwell were his picks for the wing-backs.

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Speaking about his team, Balotelli said: "Pirlo guarantees you 10 goals a year, Yaya can do it all.

"That's a good team I think, although I left you [Henry] out, I left Cristiano [Ronaldo] out."

Balotelli won the Premier League with Manchester City in 2012 before he left them in 2013 to join Milan.

Balotelli was part of City squad that miraculously won the Premier League title in 2012 but left in 2013 to join AC Milan.

He then had a short loan spell with Liverpool in 2014 but could not secure a permanent deal at Anfield

Recalling his time in the top-flight, he said: "I only have good memories of the Premier League.

"The Premier League is the best. The French league is physical too, though."

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Jose Mourinho had reached an agreement with Anfield giants Liverpool before changing his mind to become Chelsea manager, his former advisor Jorge Baidek claims.

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Mourinho was just 15 days away from taking over from legendary manager Gerard Houllier during the 2003-04 campaign at Anfield.

The Portuguese manager was also on course to guiding FC Porto to a Champions League win and was favourite to become manager at the Merseyside club.

But Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich persuaded Mourinho with his future plans at Stamford Bridge and the Special One led them to their first Premier League titled afterward.

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