Steven Gerrard.

UEFA pick Steven Gerrard over Zinedine Zidane and Paul Scholes in all-time XI

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With set to release the shortlist for their 2015 Ultimate Team on Tuesday, European football's governing body thought it would be a good idea to select an all-time team of the Champions League era.

While you can not argue with the quality of their squad, one selection, in particular, has left many people scratching their heads.

While former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard is a legend of the game, the Anfield hero's inclusion in the team - alongside Xavi and Andres Iniesta - has caught many people off guard.


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Especially when you realise Zinedine Zidane - often considered one of the best players to ever grace the hallowed turf - only makes the bench.

Of course, Manchester United and Chelsea fans were shocked to see Paul Scholes and Frank Lampard did not even make the 18-man squad. But some Liverpool supporters only believe it puts an end to the Gerrard/Lampard/Scholes debate.

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On a whole, the team is jam packed with quality and the starting XI has a combined total of 26 Champions League winners' medals.

With the likes of Ronaldinho, Kaka and Zlatan Ibrahimovic only making the bench, you can see the quality UEFA had to choose from.

Here is some of the best reaction to UEFA's all-time Ultimate Team.


Despite Gerrard's inclusion being questionable, it is clear to see why he was considered.

Taking away any domestic success and focusing solely on the Champions League, it's hard to find a player that did more for their club than the former England international.

During their run to victory in 2005 Gerrard scored a vital 86th minute goal against Olympiakos to ensure the Reds made it to the knockout stages, before inspiring his side to the most incredible comeback in Champions League history in Istanbul.

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