Central midfield: Xavi

Xavi was one of this first names on this team-sheet - and few will argue that the Barcelona star deserves his place.

The Spaniard has been the chief orchestrator of so much of Barcelona’s success since 2000 - and has helped the Catalan giants win the Champions League trophy on three occasions.

While there are doubts over whether Barcelona would have been so successful in recent seasons without Valdes and Puyol, there are no doubts that they would have won far fewer trophies without the brilliant pass-master Xavi.

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