Messi, Neymar, no Ronaldo: Kevin De Bruyne named greatest 5-a-side team 11 days ago

Kevin De Bruyne is arguably the best midfield player in the world right now.

He has been in incredible form for Manchester City and Belgium over the past few years.

It would be very hard to leave De Bruyne out when picking the best five-a-side team in the world.

But who does the Belgian think would make the greatest five-a-side team in the world in 2022?

Earlier this year, De Bruyne sat down for an interview with former Manchester United and England defender, Rio Ferdinand.

Ferdinand asked De Bruyne to select a team consisting of current players that would beat any team in the world on a ‘medium sized pitch’.

De Bruyne refrained from picking himself. He decided against picking a goalkeeper and instead selected a defender, two midfielders and two forwards.

Ferdinand posted the video on his YouTube channel, ‘Rio Ferdinand present FIVE’, and you can view it below…

VIDEO: Kevin De Bruyne’s greatest five-a-side team

DEF: Virgil van Dijk

Man City and Liverpool are big rivals but De Bruyne and Van Dijk are very good friends. De Bruyne thinks very highly of the Dutch centre-back.

“I think he’s up there,” De Bruyne said when asked if Van Dijk is the best defender in the world. “He was unbelievable before his injury.

“He came back to a real high level. It’s very difficult always to say ‘he’s better than him…’ but he’s probably top three in the world alongside Ruben [Dias] and some other players. I think he deserves it.”

MDF: N’Golo Kante

“I need to have [N’Golo] Kante,” De Bruyne said of the Chelsea star.

Kante and De Bruyne have battled it out in the middle of the park numerous times over the years.

Kevin De Bruyne and N'Golo Kante
PORTO, PORTUGAL – MAY 29: Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City passes the ball whilst under pressure from N’Golo Kante of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League Final between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Estadio do Dragao on May 29, 2021 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Carl Recine – Pool/Getty Images)

MDF: Bernardo Silva

The only City player that De Bruyne selected in his side was Silva.

“In small spaces he’s unbelievable. He reminds me a bit of David [Silva]. He’s a wind-up, people hate that about him. He gives you a little bit of everything. His quality this year has been unbelievable,” De Bruyne said of his teammate.

FWD: Lionel Messi

Messi needs no introduction. He’s one of the greatest players of all time and remains one of the very best in the world at 35 years old.

Kevin De Bruyne and Lionel Messi
BRASILIA, DF – JULY 05: Lionel Messi of Argentina controls the ball against Kevin De Bruyne of Belgium during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between Argentina and Belgium at Estadio Nacional on July 5, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

FWD: Neymar

After a poor 2021/22 season, Neymar has started the new campaign on fire. He could well finally win his first Ballon d’Or trophy in 2023.

His speed, ball control and wide array of skills means he will thrive in a five-a-side match.


No Real Madrid players make De Bruyne’s team, including overwhelming Ballon d’Or favourite Karim Benzema.

Kylian Mbappe and Cristiano Ronaldo also miss out.

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Lionel Messi on Argentina duty