Uefa unveil all-time ultimate XI including three Premier League legends and five Barcelona icons

Uefa unveil all-time ultimate XI including three Premier League legends and five Barcelona icons

There are three Premier League icons in the list though with one Arsenal, one Liverpool and one Manchester United legend involved.

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.


Iker Casillas – Real Madrid and Porto

The greatest keeper in Champions League history?

Possibly, but debatable.

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.


Left-back – Philipp Lahm – 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

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

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

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.


Central midfield – Xavi – Barcelona

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

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

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.


Right forward – Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United & Real Madrid

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

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

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.

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