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Xabi Alonso names his greatest Champions League XI

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As a two-time winner of the Champions League, Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso is more than qualified to pick who he believes are the best players to ever feature in the competition. 

Alonso won the trophy with Liverpool in the memorable Istanbul final of 2005 and in 2014 with Real Madrid. He has since moved to the Bavarian outfit and will hoping to make it a treble this season. Munich continue their European campaign against Shaktar Donetsk in the last-16 of the competition on Tuesday. 

Thanks to The Mail, we are able to discuss, agree or argue with Alonso's choices and what he had to say about each individual player.

Manuel Neuer

Teams played for: Schalke, Bayern Munich
Wins: 2013

"I have played with some fantastic goalkeepers, but he is the best. It isn’t just the ability he has to make saves, but how good he is outfield and the fantastic composure that he always shows on the ball."

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Philipp Lahm

Team played for: Bayern Munich
Wins: 2013

"Such a great player for Bayern, his leadership and qualities have been missed while he has been injured. Hopefully we will have him back for some important matches before the end of the season. He is comfortably one of the top five defenders of the last 10 years."

Sergio Ramos

Teams played for: Real Madrid
Wins: 2014

"When Sergio is mentally on the top of his game, then I think he is the best there is. He is a leader, he gives everything, and as a player in midfield he is the sort of defender that makes you feel very comfortable being behind you."

Carles Puyol

Teams played for: Barcelona
Wins: 2006, 2009, 2011

"So important for Spain’s success at the Euros in 2008 and then was even better when we won the World Cup in 2010. So dependable at the back, and then scored that winning goal against Germany in the semi-final."

David Alaba

Teams played for: Bayern Munich
Wins: 2013

"One of those players who I think does not get the recognition outside of Germany and Austria he deserves. Maybe the most complete full back in the world who can attack and defend brilliantly. When I joined Bayern it was him and Neuer who impressed me the most."

Zinedine Zidane

Teams played for: Juventus, Real Madrid
Wins: 2002

"I played against him when he was at Madrid and also against France, then of course he was part of the staff when I was playing for Real. At his peak he was on a different level to anybody, made the most difficult of things look easy."

Paul Scholes

Teams played for: Manchester United
Wins: 1999, 2008

"In Spain you would not believe how well respected he is by professionals and journalists. Maybe because he was quiet off the field he never got the right praise in England because he likes to keep a low profile. Technically he could have played in any league in the world."

Xavi

Teams played for: Barcelona
Wins: 2006, 2009, 2011 

"Such an intelligent player, and proof that you don’t have to cover 100 miles to be effective. So much of Spain’s success was because we played with so many midfield players, and Xavi was at the centre of everything."

Steven Gerrard

Teams played for: Liverpool
Wins: 2005

"He is a great friend and has been a big influence on my life. As a player it is about so much more than his obvious ability. It’s his behaviour, his leadership, the values that he stands for and what he represents as a captain."

Cristiano Ronaldo

Teams played for: Manchester United, Real Madrid
Wins: 2008, 2014

"If you looked at his goalscoring record for Real Madrid and you hadn’t witnessed it yourself, then you just wouldn’t believe that it is possible. I have been privileged to play with some amazing players, but he is the best."

Lionel Messi

Teams played for: Barcelona
Wins: 2006, 2009, 2011

"To have two players like Messi and Ronaldo in the same era is pretty rare. The individual brilliance that they are capable of sets them apart. It is no surprise that they have won so many Ballon d'Ors between them."

It's a very impressive line-up but there's only one problem if this super-team was ever to form. Every footballer has an ego so can you imagine this dressing room? 4 managers wouldn't be able to keep this lot in check. But on paper, it's arguably as good as it gets. 

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