Portugal playmaker and Star Sixes captain Deco played alongside some of the world’s greatest players during an impressive 17-year career.
He also starred for some huge clubs; Porto, Barcelona, Chelsea, Fluminense, and won a host of major honours, including league titles in four different countries and the Champions League in two.
This July, he’ll be lining up for Portugal again as he skippers his country for the first Star Sixes tournament at London’s O2 Arena, and he’ll be looking to add to his roll of honour.
As excitement builds for the summer, we asked Deco to select his a dream six-a-side team from all his former teammates. Not an easy task, but here’s what his side looks like…
Goalkeeper: Vitor Baia
Portugal’s stopper and Deco’s teammate at Star Sixes this summer, was part of Jose Mourinho’s Porto team, along with Deco, that won the UEFA Cup in 2003 and the Champions League the following season. Played 80 times for Portugal before retiring in 2007.
Defender: Carles Puyol
The Spain legend, who will be leading his country again at Star Sixes, played alongside Deco at Barcelona as the pair won two La Liga titles and one Champions League together during the Portuguese playmaker’s four-year stay at the Camp Nou.
Midfielder: Luis Figo
One of few players to play for both Barcelona and Real Madrid, Portugal’s second-most capped player behind Cristiano Ronaldo. Appeared alongside Deco for the national team and was in the same side that finished runners-up to Greece on their own patch at Euro 2004.
Midfielder: Rui Costa
Nicknamed ‘The Maestro’ he was another teammate of Deco’s in the Portugal national side winning a total of 94 caps. Made his name in Italy playing for Fiorentina, before moving to AC Milan where he won the Champions League in 2003.
Midfielder: Frank Lampard
England midfielder winning 106 caps for his country before retiring in February 2017. Won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and one Champions League at Chelsea, and played alongside Deco in the Blues midfield as they won the English ‘double’ in 2010.
Another former Barcelona star who was at the Camp Nou for a season longer than Deco, but shared in the Champions League and La Liga successes. A true magician and hero of Brazilian football, he won the World Cup in 2002 and was a two-time World Player of the Year.
Make sure you don’t miss the inaugural Star Sixes tournament at The O2 Arena, where 12 international teams will go head-to-head from 13-16 July for the first trophy. Get your tickets here – Ticketmaster or AXS.