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The greatest XI of the 2000s

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We've enjoyed some of the best ever footballing talent over the past decade. With the likes of Zidane, Ronaldo, Figo and Ronaldinho performing at the top level for their clubs and countries, it's difficult to narrow down the best to just 11 players.

Here's our take on the best XI players from 2000 to 2009:

Formation: 4-1-2-1-2

Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon

Gigi has outstanding shot-stopping ability and a leading personality. He is also the passionate captain of a successful Italian side and the recent undefeated Juventus team. These, amongst other, are the main reasons why he is widely considered as one of the best keepers ever.

Right-Back: Javier Zanetti

The tireless, versatile full-back has great leadership skills, heart and unfaltering control of the ball. Zanetti is the most capped player in Inter's history, making a ridiculous 834 appearances.

Centre-Back: Alessandro Nesta

A four-time member of the UEFA Team of the Year, Nesta was a world-class defender during the '00s, who was known for his disciplined marking, perfect positioning and clean tackling.

Centre-Back: Fabio Canavarro

One of the few central defenders who was actually exciting to watch. He led Italy to the World Cup win of 2006 with his leadership, his athleticism and his commanding presence in the defensive line.

Left-Back: Roberto Carlos

Paolo Maldini was at his best during the '90s, so the Brazilian is the obvious choice here for his indefatigable overlapping runs and his great crosses and attacking skills.

Centre-Midfielder: Andrea Pirlo

The Italian maestro has a lovely style of play. He is mostly known for his great short and long passing ability, excellent touch and control of the ball and his set-piece speciality.

Right-Midfielder: Ronaldinho

It is a shame that we only enjoyed Ronaldinho at his best for three seasons. His immense talent and skill, along with his infectious smile surely made him one of the greatest ever.

Left-Midfielder: Thierry Henry

One of Arsenal's greatest ever players, Henry used his blistering pace and superb skill in such a way that made him one of the most feared players in the world.

Attacking-Midfielder: Zinedine Zidane

The Frenchman's name stands synonymous with football excellence. His technical beauty and his phenomenal ability to create attacks from seemingly nothing situations make him an obvious choice for this team.

Centre-Forward: Raul

Winning nearly every award imaginable, the Spanish legend combined great positioning and scoring instincts with heart, leadership and playmaking abilities.

Centre-Forward: Ronaldo

Ronaldo was one of the most exciting and talented players in football history. Had he not been marred with injuries, he could have possibly been the greatest footballer of all time.

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