Cristiano Ronaldo is a man who can often do it all on his own, but even he needs his teammates from time to time.
From Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United to Real Madrid to Juventus, Ronaldo has established himself as one of the world greats during the 21st century, with his performances for Portugal seemingly setting new records each and every time he pulls on the shirt.
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But who have been the players going into battle with him most frequently?
After we discovered Lionel Messi’s most common teammates, it is time to find out his great rival’s nearest and dearest during his astonishing career at the top end of the game.
Here’s Cristiano Ronaldo’s ultimate XI.
Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas
Appearances alongside Ronaldo: 228
The Real Madrid legend was the man between the posts for much of Ronaldo’s time at the Bernabeu, picking up a Champions League winners’ deal and a La Liga title alongside him.
Right-back: Sergio Ramos
Appearances alongside Ronaldo: 339
Obviously we know he’s more of a centre-back, but Ramos also did a job on the right in his younger days and he can be pressed into service there given the talent this team have got at centre-back.
Appearances alongside Ronaldo: 321
The former Real Madrid centre-back sees his numbers boosted by playing with Ronaldo for Portugal, with the pair lifting the European Championship trophy together in 2016.
Centre-back: Rio Ferdinand
Appearances alongside Ronaldo: 221
The Manchester United stalwart signed for the Old Trafford giants a year before Ronaldo, and was a regular presence at the back as the Portuguese star blossomed into the player he became at United.
Appearances alongside Ronaldo: 332
Only two players have played with Ronaldo more often than the Brazilian, who arrived at the club before he did and is still there today having enjoyed several of the highest highs.
Right Midfield: Isco
Appearances alongside Ronaldo: 188
It is something of a surprise that Isco has played with Ronaldo more often than several other midfielders, but then he was his teammate for five years at Real Madrid.
Centre midfield: Xabi Alonso
Appearances alongside Ronaldo: 208
The stylish midfielder joined Real in the same summer as Ronaldo back in 2009, and went on to pick up a league title and the Champions League alongside him.
Centre midfield: Luka Modric
Appearances alongside Ronaldo: 222
No other midfielder has played more games with Ronaldo than the Croatian, who also became the first player to break up the 10 year Ronaldo-Lionel Messi Ballon d’Or duopoly in January 2019.
Not sure Ronaldo would have thanked him for that.
Left midfield: Ryan Giggs
Appearances alongside Ronaldo: 204
We’re back to United for our left winger, with club legend Giggs playing with Ronaldo for six years at Old Trafford and winning three back-to-back Premier League titles between 2006 and 2009, as well as the 2008 Champions League.
Forward: Wayne Rooney
Appearances alongside Ronaldo: 206
Rooney and Ronaldo blossomed alongside each other under Sir Alex Ferguson at United to become two of the most exciting attackers of the 2000s, winning three Premier League titles and the Champions League together.
Forward: Karim Benzema
Appearances alongside Ronaldo: 342
No footballer has played more matches with Ronaldo than Benzema, who joined Real Madrid in the same summer as him in 2009 and went on to play with him in attack for nine years, winning four Champions League titles.
Substitutes: Van der Sar (167), O’Shea (215), Arbeloa (201), Varane (199), Scholes (183), Khedira (173), Higuain (172).