Top 10 players United has ever faced
If, as expected, Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes his PSG debut on Saturday night, the Swedish forward will surely be one of the best players to ever take the field against the Black-and-Red. But where would he rank on the following list?
We took a look back at D.C. United's long history of international friendlies to rank the biggest names the club has faced over the years.
THE TOP TEN
10. Michael Ballack - The German midfielder was voted UEFA’s midfielder of theyear in 2002, a season after playing against D.C. United in a 4-3 BayerLeverkusen triumph at RFK.
9. Alan Shearer - The English Premier League’s all-time leading scorer wasshut out by D.C. United as the Black-and-Red topped Newcastle 3-1 on July 22,2000.
8. Iker Casillas - The goalie for each of Spain’s international titles during their current record setting run was beaten by Alecko Eskandarian in the 25th minute of a 1-1 draw in Seattle
7. Clarence Seedorf - The Dutchman famously said ‘there is no motivation’ ahead ofAC Milan’s stunning, 3-2 defeat to the Black-and-Red at RFK two summers ago.
6. Raul - Though he scored a then-record 44 goals for the Spanishnational team, Raul couldn’t best United’s defense in either 2006 or 2009.
5. Jurgen Klinsmann - Klinsmann won a World Cup (1990) and a Euro Cup (1996) but not his White Hart Lane tribute match as Wade Barrett scored an 85th minute winner to down Spurs 1-0 in October 2002.
4. Fabio Cannavaro - In the same year he won the World Cup with Italy and wasnamed FIFA Player of the Year, the Azzurri captain took on Jaime Moreno andcompany at Qwest Field.
3. Roberto Carlos - The 2002 World Cup champion was still playing at a highlevel as part of Real Madrid’s touring team in 2006.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo - He may have scored 46 goals in La Liga last season, but CR7and the rest of his teammates were held scoreless during the Portuguese star’s45 minute stint at FedEx.
1. Ronaldinho - In 2010, the two-time FIFA World Player of the Year slammeda bicycle kick off the post in what is one of the best ‘almost goals’ in RFKhistory.
HONORABLE MENTION: Carlos Tevez (Boca Juniors - 2002), Didier Drogba (Chelsea - 2005), Paul Gascoigne (Tottenham - 2002), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid - 2009)