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Ronaldo’s Brazil World Cup winners ‘weren’t as good as Arsenal’s Invincibles’

Brazil's 2002 World Cup winning squad was full of stars: Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Cafu, and many more lined up for the Selecao as they claimed their fifth World Cup.

However, according to Liverpool legend Didi Hamann, they're not the best side he's faced. Hamann made the bold claim that Brazil weren't the best side he's ever lined up against, instead, that accolade went to Arsenal's invincibles.

Speaking to Stake.com, Hamann said: "Brazil’s World Cup winners had Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho – but Invincibles were the best side I played against. I’m not sure whether that Brazil team was the best team, I played against some brilliant teams in the Premier League.

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"You know, Ronaldinho was pretty young at the time. but obviously, Rivaldo and Ronaldo are two outstanding players and Cafu as well. A lot had to go our way obviously. but I just feel it wasn't a team that was unbeatable even though they were very good.

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"I played against the Invincibles Arsenal squad in the early 2000s and they were better, When they went a season unbeaten. That Arsenal team was exceptional. In my first game in England, I played against the Manchester United team with Newcastle in the FA Cup final.

"We won the treble. There were some outstanding teams in the Premier League over the years. As I said, it's hard to compare the national teams and club teams. But you know, these teams were special."

Brazil are aiming to win their first World Cup since their triumph in the Land of the Rising Sun over two decades ago.

The Selecao start their World Cup campaign in Qatar against Serbia on Thursday (24 November).

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