Maldini will always be an AC Milan icon
Maldini will always be an AC Milan icon.

Champions League: Best XI since 2000 (7)

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Left-back: Paolo Maldini

While Paolo Maldini enjoyed the best years of his career before the turn of the 21st Century, the fact that he helped AC Milan win the Champions League in 2003 and 2007 earns him the left-back spot in this line-up.

It should have been three Champions League winners’ medals since 2000 - and a grand total of six - for the legendary Italian defender, but Liverpool somehow overturned a 3-0 deficit to pull off the most stunning comeback in the history of the competition.

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