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UEFA Release Ultimate Team of the Year: The All-Time XI

This All-Time XI selection is sure to cause some heated debate.

The award itself started in 2001 and as such, only those who have featured most over the years since make up the all-time squad of 18.

This explains how the likes of Cafu, Roberto Carlos and Paolo Maldini didn’t make it in to the team (they only featured in ‘Teams of the Year’ twice in total since 2001).

UEFA Ultimate Team of the Year

Iker Casillas
Sergio Ramos | Alessandro Nesta | Carles Puyol | Philipp Lahm
Steven Gerrard | Xavi Hernández | Andrés Iniesta
Cristiano Ronaldo | Lionel Messi | Thierry Henry
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Zinédine Zidane, Kaka, Ronaldinho, Paval Nedved, John Terry, Gianluigi Buffon

These are the players who featured the most in UEFA’S Team of the Year selections over the specified duration.

Four former and current Premier League players make it into the squad – with former Liverpool star Steven Gerrard and current Chelsea skipper John Terry representing England. Manchester United hero Cristiano Ronaldo leads the line along with Gunners icon Thierry Henry.

The inclusion of Gerrard over the likes of Paul Scholes and Frank Lampard may put some noses out of joint, but Stevie G fulfills the criteria having made the Team of the Year three times.

Ronaldo features by far the most – having qualified among the world’s best a staggering nine times (in 2004, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14), and currently has eight consecutive appearances.

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Student whose interests lie in sports ranging from Darts to MMA, with the likes of Golf, Boxing and Soccer in between. Closet wrestling fan and a lover of sports psychology and stiff jabs.