How current Premier League XI compares to best Serie A XI of the 90s with Cristiano Ronaldo against Ronaldo

THE Serie A in the 90s was home to some of football's biggest EVER legends.

From Paolo Maldini playing in defence, to the Brazilian Ronaldo tearing opponents apart up front for Inter Milan.

The likes of Zinedine Zidane were at the peak of their powers.

The late, great Diego Maradona – who is regarded as one of the best ever – was still knocking around at Naples-based Napoli.

Even Gabriel Batistuta, who is widely regarded as one of the best strikers ever, was playing in Italy during that golden decade.

England's own Paul Gascoigne makes SunSport's best XI of the 90s too.

But how does it compare to the Premier League's best players today?

Cristiano Ronaldo makes the best current Prem team alongside the likes of Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Kevin de Bruyne.

Manchester City trio Joao Cancelo, Ederson and Ruben Dias make up the majority of the backline.

Whild Andy Robertson plays next to Liverpool team-mate Van Dijk.

Sadio Mane makes the front three alongside Ronaldo and Salah – all have won league and Champions League titles.


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But Legendary defender Fabio Cannavaro – who misses out on the best Serie A XI – says the Italian league is superior.

Exclusively speaking to SunSport, the World Cup and Ballon d'Or-winning defender said: "That Serie A was better. Every team was blessed with top players and there were seven or eight teams who boasted the world’s best footballers.

“Even when you faced small clubs, you came up against players who represented their national teams.

“I have seen some interesting games in England, but it’s a type of football which has the potential to grow even more.

“Some Prem clubs have elite players and great managers — but in terms of quality players, that Serie A was still superior.”

And although the Prem has grown in stature over the decades and is now home to many of football's biggest stars, Cannavaro thinks they would struggle to get the best of him in his prime.

He continued: "Son and Kane are very, very strong. The Korean is the one who impressed me the most.

“Aubameyang is also a terrific player, like Ronaldo. But I wouldn’t have feared them.

"Against prime Cannavaro, it would have been tough for anyone."

The Serie A was so stacked during the 90s you could make a completely new XI full of players.

Current Italy boss Roberto Mancini was a highly rated striker, and in SunSport's honourable mentions XI, he partners Marco van Basten up top.

In midfield you can find Dutch legend Ruud Gullit, with Alessandro Del Piero in front of him, Pavel Nedved to his left and Rui Costa to his right.

In defence, Cannavaro makes the team, and he's partnered in the centre of defence by AC Milan legend Alessandro Costacurta.

Lillian Thuram and Gianluca Zambrotta man the wide areas of the defence.

And Gianluca Pagliuca is the shot stopper.

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