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Gianluigi Buffon names Lionel Messi in Champions League dream XI

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Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has become the latest name in world football to select his all-time Champions League XI.

Buffon joins the likes of Ronaldinho and Pirlo to select his ultimate eleven of Champions League stars, and the Italian goalkeeper was even modest enough to keep himself out of the XI, despite and illustrious career.

The Italian shot-stopper has been dubbed as one of the worlds’ greatest ever goalkeepers, and at 37, the keeper shows no sign of slowing up.

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In goal, Buffon selected current Real Madrid star Iker Casillas. The 33-year-old has been at Real Madrid for all of his career, and has amassed a huge 719 appearances for Los Blancos since emerging from the academy aged just 17.

Buffon’s intimidating back line includes Lillian Thuram, Fabio Cannavaro, Paulo Maldini and Roberto Carlos.

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All are as formidable as the last, with Buffon once describing Roberto Carlos’ shots as ‘the most powerful I’ve ever had to save.’

Midfield

Buffon’s midfield trio is made up by Juventus star Pavel Nedved, team-mate Andrea Pirlo and former international team-mate Gennero Gattuso.

Nedved was only the second Czech player to have ever received the Ballon d’Or, and retired after a 19-year career which saw the midfielder score over 100 goals for Juventus.

Pirlo is the most capped player in the history of the Italian national team, and Marcello Lippi once said of the midfielder: “Pirlo is a silent leader. He speaks with his feet.”

Completing the midfield trio is Gennaro Gattuso, widely dubbed as one of the best defensive midfielders to grace the game.

Attack

Maknig up the ground-shaking forward trio is Roberto Baggio, Lionel Messi and Ronaldo.

Onced named by Pele as one of the world’s greatest footballers, Baggio was renowned for his curling free kicks and technical ability. The former Juventus man has also been inducted into the Italian football hall of fame.

At the tip of the forward three is Ronaldo de Lima. Winner of the World Player of the year on three occasions, Ronaldo is known as one of the greatest goal-scorers of all time. Zlatan Ibrahimovic once said: “There will never be a better player than him.”

Completing the dream-team is current Barcelona striker Lionel Messi. Buffon said about Messi: “When he is playing at 100 per cent, you can forget playing against him. It is a wonder just to watch.”

The 27-year-old is Barcelona’s all time scorer in official competitions and also holds the record for most Champions League hat-tricks and goals.

That completes Buffon’s eleven. Who do you think should make up the best Champions League XI?

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