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The Greatest Champions League XI Of All Time Has Been Chosen By Fans

The Greatest Champions League XI Of All Time Has Been Chosen By Fans

Football fans have voted for the greatest team in Champions League history and the XI features an incredible number of legends.

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BBC Sport gave fans the opportunity to choose their top players since the European Cup was rebranded in 1992.

Barcelona have the most players represented in the team, with five of the XI representing the Catalan giants in their career.

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It comes as no surprise that Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta are included given their four Champions League wins.

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Real Madrid have four players included and the standout is Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese forward won the competition with Manchester United in 2008 and then an additional four times with 'Los Blancos.'

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Check out the full team below as well as the percentage of fans who voted for them.

Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon (32%)

Right-back: Dani Alves (40%)

Centre back: Sergio Ramos (52%)

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Centre back: Paolo Maldini (73%)

Left-back: Roberto Carlos (40%)

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Central midfield: Andres Iniesta (53%)

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Central midfield: Xavi (40%)

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Central midfield: Zinedine Zidane (63%)

Right wing: Lionel Messi (88%)

Striker: Thierry Henry (26%)

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Left wing: Cristiano Ronaldo (90%)

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Gianluigi Buffon features in net despite never winning the competition in his illustrious career.

Notable omissions in defence include Philipp Lahm and Carles Puyol who narrowly missed out with 34% and 32% respectively.

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard misses out in midfield after only being included in 23% of teams.

Thierry Henry is a shock pick up front having only won the competition once in the twilight of his career.

The former Arsenal man edged in over Robert Lewandowski by just 0.2%.

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Lewandowski will have a chance to win his first Champions League title on Sunday when Bayern Munich face off with Paris Saint-Germain.

The Polish international has been one of the world's best players this season and he's notched 55 goals.

He was a strong candidate for this year's Ballon d'Or before France Football announced there would be no award given in 2020.

And though he's on course to seal a memorable treble with Bayern, one fan has decided to set up a petition urging France Football to have a rethink.

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The appeal was set up last month and has over 4000 signatures as the 32-year-old continues to bang in the goals on the biggest stage.

Who do you think deserves to be in the greatest Champions League XI ever?

Sound off in the comments below.

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Topics: Football News, Football, Lionel Messi, Legends, Champions League, thierry henry, Cristiano Ronaldo

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