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UEFA Has Dropped Its 'Ultimate' Team Of The Year

UEFA Has Dropped Its 'Ultimate' Team Of The Year

Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and fierce rival Lionel Messi have booked their rightful places in UEFA's all-time XI.

The all-time XI is based on players who have made the most appearances in each position in UEFA fans' Team of the Year selections.

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Ronaldo, 34, has made the most appearances with a whopping 13 times that he has been picked by fans for Team of the Year.

According to UEFA, the ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid star has been nominated a record 15 times.

And Ronaldo has incredibly held on to a spot in Team of the Year since 2007, with last year's line-up marking his 12th consecutive appearance.

Not much further behind the Portugal captain is Barcelona superstar Messi, who has 10 appearances to his name.

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Posted below is UEFA's all-time XI, which is lined up in a 4-3-3 formation.

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Goalkeeper

Iker Casillas (Real Madrid/Porto and Spain): six appearances (2007, '08, '09, '10, '11 and '12)

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Defenders

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid and Spain): eight appearances (2008, '12, '13, '14, '15, '16, '17 and '18)

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Gerard Pique (Barcelona and Spain): five appearances (2010, '11, '12, '15 and '16)

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Carles Puyol (Barcelona and Spain): six appearances (2002, '05, '06, '08, '09 and '10)

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Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich and Germany): five appearances (2006, '08, '12, '13 and '14)

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Midfielders

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool and England): three appearances (2005, '06 and '07)

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Xavi (Barcelona and Spain): five appearances (2008, '09, '10, '11 and '12)

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Andres Iniesta (Barcelona and Spain): six appearances (2009, '10, '11, '12, '15 and '16)

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Forwards

Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United/Real Madrid/Juventus and Portugal): 13 appearances (2004, '07, '08, '09, '10, '11, '12, '13, '14, '15, '16, '17 and '18)

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Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina): 10 appearances (2008, '09, '10, '11, '12, '14, '15, '16, '17 and '18)

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Thierry Henry (Arsenal and France): five appearances (2001, '02, '03, '04 and '06)

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Topics: Xavi, Football News, Sergio Ramos, Football, Lionel Messi, UEFA, Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta, Steven Gerrard, Iker Casillas, thierry henry, Philipp Lahm, Cristiano Ronaldo, Carles Puyol

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