Carlo Ancelotti's greatest XI of players he's coached, featuring Ronaldo and Kaka


Carlo Ancelotti is currently without a job after being sacked by Napoli last week.

The Italian's managerial career has steadily plateaued since his Real Madrid exit, but he remains one of the world's most sought after coaches and is attracting fresh Premier League interest.

And while Arsenal are believed to harbour interest in his services, a slew of reports in the British media claimed on Monday night that Ancelotti is actually being lined up for a move to Everton.

So, in honour of Ancelotti's potential return to English shores, GIVEMESPORT has decided to take on the unenviable task of constructing the manager's greatest XI from players he's coached.

We've done the same for the likes of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola in the past, but trust us when we say Ancelotti's career has constructed an XI that blows them all out of the water.

GK - Petr Cech

This was unbelievably difficult to choose when you consider Manuel Neuer, Gianluigi Buffon, Dida, Manuel Neuer and Iker Casillas were all up for consideration.

However, Ancelotti coached most of those shot-stoppers outside of their peak and that's the method we're using to settle on Cech, who was superb throughout the Italian's two seasons in west London.

Chelsea Training Session

RB - Cafu

One year on from captaining Brazil to their fifth World Cup triumph, Cafu played some of his best football with Ancelotti's AC Milan. How could we possibly omit the greatest right-back in the sport's history?

Italian football club, AC Milan's Brazil

CB - Alessandro Nesta

If you're beginning to sense how insane this XI will become already, then look no farther than the defence at Ancelotti's hypothetical control here.

The Italian defender stood out as the best in a league that, well, was geared towards defending and he made no fewer than 235 appearances under Ancelotti's gaze.

AC Milan Media Day

CB - Sergio Ramos

We feel Ancelotti would owe Ramos a place in this team for the La Decima-saving goal against Atletico Madrid alone, but lest we forget he's one of the greatest defenders of the modern era.

After delivering Ancelotti his third Champions League crown, Ramos won the competition a further three times, adding them to a collection including the World Cup and European Championship.


LB - Paolo Maldini

How could we possibly improve this back four? Well, how about the greatest defender in history?

Maldini captained Ancelotti teams to Champions League triumphs in 2003 and 2007, while even scoring in the one European final that they failed to win. 

Champions League Final - AC Milan Celebration

RM - Kaka

We're not entirely sure Kaka would thank us for this positional change, but we are certain that a player who won the Ballon d'Or under Ancelotti's guidance deserves a place in this team.

Kaka was the jewel in AC Milan's crown during their dominance of the mid-2000s: making 270 appearances, scoring 95 goals and providing 66 assists alongside Ancelotti alone.

AC Milan v Hamburg SV - Friendly Match

CM - Andrea Pirlo

If you rang Pirlo out like a flannel, pure liquid class would ooze out. Pirlo is one of the greatest midfielders of the modern area and earns a pick for his 2007 Champions League final display alone.

AC Milan's trainer Carlo Ancelotti (L) j...

CM - Zinedine Zidane

It's easy to forget that Ancelotti managed Juventus between 1999 and 2001, but that did mean that he crossed paths with a footballing legend in just his third coaching role.

We couldn't take ourselves seriously if we left out the World Cup winner and three-time FIFA World Player of the Year, even if we didn't see the best of the Frenchman until his Real Madrid move.

Fiorentina v Juventus X

LM - Cristiano Ronaldo

But, of course, Ancelotti would eventually move to Real Madrid himself and his two seasons at the Bernabeu saw him manage a player who would even go on to eclipse Zidane.

Ronaldo scored a mind-blowing 112 goals in just 101 games under the Italian, even finding the net in the 2014 Champions League final and bagging two consecutive European Golden Shoes.


ST - Andriy Shevchenko

Yet another player to win the Ballon d'Or with Ancelotti as their manager, Shevchenko was by far and away the world's best number nine during his seven-year spell at the San Siro.

Only two players have scored more than the Ukrainian under said coach and lest we forget that he converted the winning penalty in the 2003 Champions League final.

AC Milan's Andrei Shevchenko is congratu

ST - Didier Drogba

Considering the vast amount of world-class strikers that Ancelotti has coached, this final striking position was indescribably tough.

But we've gone for Drogba based on that 2009-10 season alone, which brought a mind-bending 37 goals in 44 games despite the rigours of Premier League and Champions League football. Insane.

Chelsea's Ivorian striker Didier Drogba


Gianluigi Buffon

It's not common knowledge that Buffon and Ancelotti ever worked together, but the goalkeeper-coach duo was still one to be revered during their early days at Parma in the late 1990s.

Gianluigi Buffon

Lilian Thuram

Another blast from the past. Nobody played under Ancelotti at Parma more than the Frenchman, appearing in 83 games, and he would eventually become a legendary full-back much like Cafu.

Parma v Inter Milan Lilian Thuram

Frank Lampard

As well as being one of the greatest players in Premier League history, Lampard actually produced his best ever season alongside Ancelotti with a stunning 27 goals in 51 matches from midfield.

Chelsea's Italian manager Carlo Ancelott

Clarence Seedorf

Yes, we really did leave this man out... trust us, it wasn't easy. Seedorf was an absolute colossus in midfield for AC Milan and is Ancelotti's third-most capped player with 325 appearances.

AC Milan Training & Press Conference


We just couldn't resist including a Ballon d'Or winner and two-time FIFA World Player of the Year, not to mention that 10 goals in 36 games during his only season with Ancelotti was pretty solid.

AC Milan's Brazilian forward Ronaldinho

Filippo Inzaghi

Although Inzaghi didn't have the best scoring rate of the strikers that Ancelotti managed, it would be nonsensical to leave out the man who - with 161 strikes - endures as his all-time leading scorer.

AC Milan forward Filippo Inzaghi (L) cel

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

We came a nose-hair away from picking Ibrahimovic in the starting XI, especially when you consider his only season with Ancelotti brought 35 goals in 45 games and a historic Ligue 1 victory.


Honourable mention

Ronaldo Nazario

I know, I know, it seems just as blasphemous for us to leave out Ronaldo as it will to you. However, we're being strict with our focus on how the players performed under Ancelotti or, at least, around his reign.

Sadly, Ronaldo was a faded force by the time he switched to AC Milan in 2006 and despite all his remarkable achievements beforehand, nine goals in 20 games isn't enough to change our minds.

Milan's coach Carlo Ancelotti (R) chats

Mind-blowing team

What Ancelotti hasn't managed in world football isn't worth managing.

Seriously, we've ploughed through plenty of novelty XIs here at GIVEMESPORT, but we're not sure any could hold a candle to the remarkable bank of players that have featured under Ancelotti.

And just to prove our point even further, we'll leave you with the fact these players weren't even good enough for the substitutes' bench:

Iker Casillas, Manuel Neuer, John Terry, Fabio Cannavaro, Mats Hummels, Ashley Cole, Philipp Lahm, Xabi Alonso, Gennaro Gattuso, Alessandro del Piero, Arjen Robben, Michael Ballack, Karim Benzema, Robert Lewandowski, Franck Ribery. Yeh, seriously...

Italian midfielder Gennaro Gattuso (L) r News Now - Sport News