Only truly special players have a position on the pitch named after them – so we can safely say Claude ‘The Makelele Role’ Makelele is a proper football legend.

It’s also why The King Of Holding Midfielders played for some great sides. France’s 2006 World Cup runners-up, Real Madrid’s original Galacticos, Chelsea’s first Premier League title winners… it’s safe to say Makelele played alongside a whole host of world-class footballers.

So when ‘Maka’ decided to name his best ever team-mate, there must have been some SERIOUS competition for the title.

Just consider some of the players the little Frenchman shared a dressing room with. The list reads like a who’s who of modern football superstars.

So, who did he pick as the best of the lot?

Not Zinedine Zidane, Not Ronaldo De Lima, Not Gonzalez Raul, Not Luis Figo, Not Roberto Carlos, Not Frank Lampard, Not Arjen Robben, Not Didier Drogba

Incredibly, the player Makelele has picked as his best ever team mate is…

Ivan Helguera.

ReutersReal Madrid's Ivan Helguera celebrates after scoring against Juventus during their Champions League first knock-out round, first leg soccer match at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid February 22, 2005.

Yes, Ivan Helguera – the former Spain international who played alongside Makelele in the Real Madrid midfield between 2000 and 2003.


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