Uefa reveal all-time ultimate XI including three Prem legends and five Barcelona icons

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UEFA have released their all-time XI — packed full of Barcelona and Real Madrid stars.

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Uefa have chosen their all-time XI ahead of this season's final Champions League group stage games
Uefa have chosen their all-time XI ahead of this season’s final Champions League group stage games
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Between them, this lot have 33 Champions League winner’s medals and plenty of other titles to boot.

Have a look at the stars below.

Keeper

Iker Casillas – Real Madrid and Porto

The greatest keeper in Champions League history?

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Possibly, but debatable.

Iker Casillas was voted the greatest goalkeeper by Uefa
Iker Casillas was voted the greatest goalkeeper by Uefa
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Certainly his three European medals make him the most successful stopper in the competition’s history.

Champions League wins: three

Contenders: Peter Schmeichel, Oliver Kahn, Edwin Van Der Sar, Gianluigi Buffon.

Defenders

Left-back – Philipp Lahm – Bayern Munich

Philipp Lahm was Mr Reliable and more during his outstanding career at Bayern Munich
Philipp Lahm was Mr Reliable and more during his outstanding career at Bayern Munich

THE full-back’s full-back – and one of the greatest players of his generation.

Lahm was the Steady Eddie and Mr Reliable every top team would love.

His ball-winning, positional sense, passing and ability to get forward make him a German legend.

Champions League wins: one

Contenders: Marcelo, Bixente Lizerazu, Ashley Cole, Roberto Carlos, Paolo Maldini.

Centre-back – Carles Puyol – Barcelona

Carles Puyol was a force of nature for Barcelona
Carles Puyol was a force of nature for Barcelona

THIS Nou Camp legend was a big-haired wall at the beating heart of Pep Guardiola’s winning machine.

At his electric best, Puyol could not only mix it with the most difficult of forwards, he could get on the end of crosses himself.

A brilliant, combative defender who won every honour in the game.

Champions League wins: three


Centre-back – Gerard Pique – Barcelona

Gerard Pique was plucked from obscurity at Old Trafford by Pep Guardiola to become a sensational defender at Barcelona
Gerard Pique was plucked from obscurity at Old Trafford by Pep Guardiola to become a sensational defender at Barcelona

THE other half of this Bonnie and Clyde partnership with Puyol, Pique went from being third-choice defender at Manchester United to the world’s best at Barca.

Alongside Puyol, Pique added the finesse and coolness on the ball, with the ability to run the ball into midfield if required.

Again, has won everything in the game for club and country and is surely destined to stay on in the backroom staff at the Nou Camp after he retires.

Champions League wins: three

Contenders: John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Frank Rijkaard, Lothar Matthaus, Frank Rijkaard, Franco Baresi.

Right-back – Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid

Sergio Ramos has won the Champions League four times - and is also the competition's most carded player
Sergio Ramos has won the Champions League four times – and is also the competition’s most carded player

EVERYONE knows Ramos best as a combative and sometimes naughty centre-back.

But he started his career as a right-back, with considerable success.

Only after he was moved to centre-back did Real win their incredible four titles in five years.

Champions League wins: four

Contenders: Dani Carvajal, Dani Alves, Gary Neville.

Midfield

Central midfield – Xavi – Barcelona

Xavi Hernandez was one of the most rounded midfielders in history
Xavi Hernandez was one of the most rounded midfielders in history

THE livewire dynamo that allowed it all to knit together under Pep Guardiola and Frank Rijkard.

While his team-mate Andres Iniesta put the polish in the midfield, Xavi was the uncompromising all-rounder that provided drive, grit and unwavering passing accuracy.

Champions League wins: four

Central midfield – Steven Gerrard – Liverpool

Steven Gerrard almost single-handedly drove Liverpool to Champions League glory in 2005
Steven Gerrard almost single-handedly drove Liverpool to Champions League glory in 2005

ANFIELD’S greatest and the man that drove the Reds to THAT final win in 2005.

While he is constantly at the heart of debate over whether himself, Frank Lampard or Paul Scholes were greater, Uefa appear to have settled that argument by picking the Captain Marvel.

Champions League wins: one

Central midfield – Andres Iniesta – Barcelona

Andres Iniesta won four Champions League titles with Barcelona
Andres Iniesta won four Champions League titles with Barcelona

A HERO and a midfield sensation and a joy to watch, Iniesta could make painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel look easy.

Another piece in Guardiola’s incredible team, who also proved he could win big without Lionel Messi with three titles for Spain.

Champions League wins: four

Contenders: Frank Lampard, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, Gennaro Gattuso, Andrea Pirlo, Clarence Seedorf, Edgar Davids, Zinedine Zidane, Patrick Vieira, Luka Modric, David Beckham, Owen Hargreaves, Xabi Alonso.

Forwards

Right forward – Cristiano Ronaldo – Man Utd & Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Champions League five times and scored the most goals in the history of the competition
Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Champions League five times and scored the most goals in the history of the competition
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THE machine and the specimen – Ronaldo now has his FIVE Champions League wins, and who would bet against a sixth with Juventus this season?

With 121 goals, he is a sensation.

Champions League wins: five

Contenders: Arjen Robben, Samuel Eto’o, Thomas Muller, Luis Figo.

Centre forward – Lionel Messi – Barcelona

Lionel Messi needs no introduction
Lionel Messi needs no introduction

NEEDS no introduction — a magician, a wonder and a footballing icon.

His 106 Champions League goals speak for themselves — so do his four Champions League titles.

Champions League wins: four

Contenders: Ronaldo, Didier Drogba, Wayne Rooney, Andriy Shevchenko, Alessandro Del Piero, Karim Benzema, Raul, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Robert Lewandowski, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Filippo Inzaghi, Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Denis Bergkamp.

Left forward – Thierry Henry – Arsenal & Barcelona

Thierry Henry never won the Champions League with Arsenal but he did at Barcelona
Thierry Henry never won the Champions League with Arsenal but he did at Barcelona

THE man that made the team, Henry was arguably the Premier League’s greatest ever player.

At Arsenal he single-handedly demolished teams like Inter Milan and Real Madrid as the Gunners made the final in 2006.

Meanwhile at Barcelona, he was more part of the whole as he featured alongside Messi and Eto’o to take down Manchester United in 2009.

Champions League wins: one.

Contenders: Ryan Giggs, Franck Ribery, Gareth Bale, Ronaldinho, Kaka.