Don Hutchison has chosen his all-time dream six-a-side team and he’s named an Argentina icon who he believes is the best player to ever play the game – alongside their current hero Lionel Messi.
The Scotsman, who will be turning out for his country once again at Star Sixes this summer, has also selected a rival goalkeeper who he scored against while playing for Liverpool and an England midfielder who broke Scottish hearts at EURO 96.
“In goal I’d have to say Peter Schmeichel, despite the pain he caused me as a Newcastle fan,” said Hutchison, who will be teaming up with former Liverpool teammate Dominic Matteo and ex-Scotland internationals Rab Douglas, Barry Ferguson, Simon Donnelly and Christian Dailly at this summer’s inaugural Star Sixes tournament.
“I remember when we were going for the title against Man United and he stood like a one-man barrier against Les Ferdinand and Alan Shearer, before Eric Cantona nicked the winner for United.
“I do remember putting one past him from 25 yards for Liverpool at Anfield, though, so that was a much happier day!”
He added: “In defence I’d go Franco Baresi, although if he was unavailable I’d have Paolo Maldini. I was a huge AC Milan fan when I was growing up and those two were magnificent.
“Baresi was the epitome of coolness, another player who was years ahead of his time as a footballing centre-half. Serene, supreme.
“Gazza would have to be in there, he was an absolute genius. If you had to pick the best three players to have come out of Great Britain, Gazza would be there.
“Alongside him I’d have Zinedine Zidane, another genius with the ball. I could have gone for Glenn Hoddle or Bryan Robson, but I was at Hampden when Zidane scored that amazing volley for Real Madrid in the 2002 Champions League final and it doesn’t get much better than that.”
Hutchison then went for a two-pronged Argentinian attack.
“Diego Maradona is the best player there has ever been, in my opinion. I know some people make a case for Lionel Messi, but for me Maradona was the best of the lot.
“When he was playing for Argentina in the 1980s, you knew they were going to win 99 per cent of the time.
“And of course you would always want Messi in your six-a-side team – can you imagine him and Maradona together? Mind-boggling!”
Make sure you don’t miss the inaugural Star Sixes tournament at The O2, where 12 international teams will go head-to-head from 13-16 July for the first trophy. Get your tickets by visiting Ticketmaster or AXS.