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Ronaldinho Picked His All Time Champions League XI And It's Brilliant

Ronaldinho Picked His All Time Champions League XI And It's Brilliant

Ronaldinho's Champions League XI really is made up of some all time legends, with the side having won the European title 18 times between them but there's no room for Cristiano Ronaldo.

The former Barcelona star is one of the most iconic players in the competition's recent history, for his goal against Chelsea if nothing else, and won it with Barcelona in 2006.

Back in 2015 he was asked what his all time XI from the competition was and at the time a front three of fellow Brazilian Ronaldo, and two other fellow former Barca stars Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry meant there was no room for Juventus' own Ronaldo.

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Ronaldinho's all time Champions League XI. Image: linebuildup.com
Ronaldinho's all time Champions League XI. Image: linebuildup.com

There's a good chance that if the 40-year-old was to pick a team now that former Manchester United winger Ronaldo would make the team.

Since the original selection the five time Ballon d'Or winner has gone on to win the trophy on three more occasions, when Real Madrid became the first team in the Champions League era to win the title three years in-a-row.

Not only that but the 35-year-old is now the competitions lead goal scorer of all time, having notched up 130 goals in the Champions League, putting him 12 clear of rival Messi.

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Having won the third title in-a-row with Los Blancos, the former Sporting winger moved to Italy, where Juve had won seven Serie A titles on the bounce but hadn't been European champions since 1996.

In the two years since signing the five time Ballon d'Or winner, the Italian champions have won two more league titles but have been knocked out of the quarter finals and last 16 in Europe, losing to Lyon last season.

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Incredibly the Ronaldo who did make Ronaldinho's squad, Brazilian Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima, only scored 14 times in the Champions League.

The former Real striker, considered by many to be the best of his generation, scored 13 of them for Real Madrid between 2002 and 2006, including his famous hat-trick against Manchester United and one for Inter.

He only played 40 times in the Champions League across six seasons, never playing in it for PSV, Barcelona or AC Milan.

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Topics: Football News, Ronaldinho, Barcelona, Lionel Messi, Ronaldo, Champions League, Brazil, Cristiano Ronaldo, European Football

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