Ever considered who might be in the XI from the past couple of decades? It's a hard choice, but we're hear to let you know who would make it in.

Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson

He's obviously been around a lot longer than 20 years, but Sir Alex Ferguson has contributed to Manchester United more than any other manager for their respective club. His work ethic is non stop and doesn't fail to ever succeed in the year, no matter the circumstances. 

You take the 2012/2013 season - not a brilliant squad, only brought in one major signing, Robin Van Persie, he was clinical in the transfer window, he went out and bought the right player for the right price.

What effect did that have on the season for Manchester United? Well, they went on to win the Premier League title, and in doing so nearly beat the all-time points record. Amazing. 

Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas

The current Real Madrid captain and living legend amongst Madridstas. He debuted at just the age of 17, and became their first choice goalkeeper in 2000.

For the past two decades there hasn't been a better stopper than Casillas. Unfortunately he has recently gone through some injury phases and is struggling to reach his old form. Nonetheless, a world-class goalkeeper and has every right to be in this team.

Left-back: Roberto Carlos

It’s often difficult to think of a left-back who is more synonymous with the position than Roberto Carlos.

He became the runner up to the prestigious World Player of The Year award in 1997 and has endured over 550 games for Los Blancos and scoring 71 goals.

People will not only remember him for his brilliance in defence and captaining a side, but also the 'impossible' goal he scored from the byline against CD Tenerife. 

Centre-back: Fabio Cannavaro

A former World Cup winning captain and Ballon d’Or winner, Fabio Cannavaro is the definition of an efficient Italian defender.

He's only the third defender to win the prestigious Ballon d'Or, which immediately gives him credit to be within this side.

Centre-back: Sol Campbell

Possibly the best English centre-back of his time, Sol Campbell made the controversial move across north London from Tottenham Hotspur to Arsenal in 2001.

Campbell won a variety of trophies, including Premier League titles alongside some of Arsenal’s modern-day legends, and became an integral part of Arsene Wenger's 'Invincibles' squad.

Right-back: Javier Zanetti

The versatile Inter Milan captain, who has been at the club since 1995, slots perfectly into this list of the 20 greatest players of the past two decades due to his consistency and leadership at the highest level.

One word can only describe this man and that is: Loyalty.

Left-midfield: Cristiano Ronaldo

His performances for both Manchester United and Real Madrid have earned him the World Player of the Year award in 2008, and he has already surpassed the 100-goal mark for Madrid in just over two years.

The man doesn't really need an epigraph describing him as the whole world knows who he is, he's the man.

Centre-midfield: Ronaldinho

Ronaldinho, was something special, and a phenomenon never seen before. His highlight-reel goals and Latin skills were a joy to watch.

He brought skills into the match like no other - he revolutionized that part of the game into a necessity in today's game. He was a joy to watch and we all sincerely miss him being part of the game. 

Centre-midfield: Zinedine Zidane 

Zinedine Zidane is still considered the greatest French export since Michel Platini, and very few are expected to reach the heights of the former World Player of the Year. 

Zidane was part of Real Madrid’s Galacticos and scored the memorable winning, mesmorising volley in the 2002 Champions League final.

Right-midfield: Luis Figo

A controversial figure in Barcelona now following his move to rivals Real Madrid. Once the most expensive player in world football, Figo was the face of football in Catalonia, captaining the side for a number of years.

He was part of Portugal's "golden generation" and won the Ballon d'Or in 2000.

Striker: Thierry Henry

Arguably Arsenal's best ever player and the best thing was that no one was expecting Henry to make a difference.

Bought from Juventus in 1999 after failing to impress, Henry went on to become Arsenal’s greatest goalscorer with 226 goals, and helped the team to two league titles, three FA Cups and an appearance in the 2006 Champions League final.

Striker: Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi is still very much in the springtime of his career in comparison to others on this list, but he makes the grade nonetheless. 

Barcelona’s adopted son and currently the World’s best player, there are not enough superlatives to describe the mesmerising ability of the small Argentine.

Messi provides elegance and skill to his game and can beat any defender without any problem. His control and ability to drive at defenders is second to none and this is why he makes it into this team.

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