No room for Torres or Brazilian icon in Robbie Keane’s all-time XI

Robbie Keane

Robbie Keane opted for Dimitar Berbatov in his all-time best XI made up of players he has featured alongside with the likes of Ronaldo left out.

Having spent time at Leeds United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Inter Milan, Celtic, Aston Villa and LA Galaxy during a busy playing career, you would think Robbie Keane would be spoilt for choice when it came to picking the forward line for his all-time best XI.

However the 34-year-old has raised more than a few eyebrows this week, after unveiling his team made up of stars he has previously played alongside for FourFourTwo.

Published in the latest issue of FourFourTwo, the line-up reveals that, despite featuring alongside Ronaldo, Christian Vieri, Fernando Torres and Robbie Fowler to name but a few, the Irishman has opted for just one striker up front.

And the forward chosen to lead the line as part of a 4-5-1 formation? None other than Dimitar Berbatov.

Keane played alongside the Bulgarian during his time at Spurs with the future Manchester United man enjoying arguably his finest form in the Premier League with the Lilywhites.

And speaking to FourFourTwo about the choice, Berbatov’s old Irish teammate was full of praise for his former team mate.

"One of the best partners I've ever had," Keane said.

"We had an unbelievable relationship at Tottenham: we both like to come short, but we kept mixing when we played together and we scored a lot of goals."

Berbatov scored 46 goals in 102 appearances for Spurs during a two-year stay at White Hart Lane, eventually moving to Old Trafford for £30.75 million in September 2008.

He went on to score 56 goals in 149 outings for Manchester United, winning two Premier League titles, the League Cup and a FIFA Club World Cup.

Following a two-season stay at Fulham, the Bulgarian moved to AS Monaco in France, where he has so far managed 14 goals in 32 outings for his Ligue 1 employers.

Despite these statistics, his inclusion ahead of Torres, then in his pomp at Liverpool as well as Premier League legend Fowler and the prolific pairing of Vieri and Ronaldo is somewhat surprising.

In another shock, Keane also cited Gordan Strachan as his favourite manager, despite previously working under Champions League-winning coaches Marcelo Lippi and Rafa Benitez along with Martin Jol and Mick McCarthy.

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