Combined XI Of Champions League Players Never To Win The Competition Is Unreal

The Champions League quarter-final draw on Friday has left many, many fans excited about which team will eventually emerge victorious at the end of the season.

Let's face it, though: several players have cemented their legacy by winning Europe's premier club competition, but there are many legends who have missed out on the opportunity to capture the sought-after footballing prize.

So, thanks to the folks at FootyRoom, a combined XI of non-Champions League winners look like the team that could very well win the tournament (the irony, right?).

FootyRoom have set up the team in a 3-3-1-3 formation -- strange choice, but we'll run with it -- and there's no expense spared with the world-class talent in the squad.

Gianluigi Buffon takes up his position between the sticks, with the Juventus legend missing out on the chance to win the competition this season after Manchester United knocked Paris Saint-Germain out.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

In the three-man defensive line, Juve captain Giorgio Chiellini and Parma legend Fabio Cannavaro partner either side of former Inter Milan and Bayern Munich star Lothar Matthäus.

Providing cover for the defensive trio is none other than Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, who is joined alongside Michael Ballack and Pavel Nedvěd.

Occupying the CAM role is Roberto Baggio, whose exploits for Juventus speaks volumes about his ability on the pitch.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Finally, a deadly trident attack force rounds off the starting XI.

Red Devils legend Ruud van Nistelrooy is out on the left, while Brazilian icon Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima takes up his position on the right.

Leading the frontline is former United, Inter Milan and PSG star Zlatan Ibrahimović, whose résumé is littered with achievements across his club career.

That's that, folks.

SPORTbible previously reported on the Champions League combined XI with players from remaining teams this season, which would be frankly ridiculous to play against.

Agree or disagree with FootyRoom's selection?

Let us know in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Adnan Riaz

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