Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 June 2019

The Belhasa Farm XI: Lionel Messi and other holidaying footballers check into Dubai businessman's zoo

We pick a starting XI from all the professional footballers who have checked in at the zoo at Emirati businessman's home this summer

A professional footballer's Dubai bucket list doesn't differ too much from your average holidaymaker.

Shopping in Dubai Mall. Check. A beach selfie in front of the Burj Al Arab. Check. Dune bashing on quad bikes in the desert. Check. Even tucking into a steak at Salt Bae's restaurant is within the planning power of a mere mortal.

However, one item on the itinerary of your average Premier League player is an exclusive invite to a prominent Emirati businessman's farm.

From retired greats such as Edgar Davids, to Neymar to Danny Drinkwater, dozens of players have had their snap taken at Saif Belhasa's pad over the past few years, feeding giraffes or monkeying around with the businessman's lemurs.

So what does one do with this information? That's right; pick a starting XI using a 4-4-2 formation. Swipe left/right on the gallery above to see who we have picked.

Take our poll below for where you think this team would have finished in the Premier League last season:

Updated: June 12, 2019 11:14 AM

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