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The Ultimate Champions League XI using only one player from each team

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After one month of domestic football across Europe, tonight sees the return of the continent's premier competition, the UEFA Champions League.

Alongside holders Real Madrid, 31 other teams will be competing over the next nine months to be crowned the best team in Europe.

But, with so many exceptional players on show, just who would make it into a Champions League XI? We here at GiveMeSport have put together what we believe is the best team on paper.

The only catch is...only one player can be selected from each team.

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So, with no chance of Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi lining up together, and Juve's infamous defence being split up, here is the formidable 11 in full...

Goalkeeper - Manuel Neuer - Bayern Munich

The only other 'keeper who can compete with the German for the title of world's best is Manchester United's David De Gea. 

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With the Red Devils not competing in the Champions League this season, there is no-one we'd trust more between the sticks than the Bayern shot-stopper.

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Right Back - Héctor Bellerín - Arsenal

The Arsenal right back is amongst the fastest players in Europe and his pace can usually get him out of most difficult situations.

It also means he is a threat going forward and, at one point last season, had created as many chances as any other player across Europe. A fact that helped the famous CIES Football Observatory value Bellerin at £43.1 million this summer.

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Centre-back - Toby Alderweireld - Tottenham

Spurs are represented by one of the most impressive defenders in the Premier League last season.

The Belgian combines composure on the ball with a no-nonsense physical approach that helped Spurs become the joint meanest defence in 2015/16.

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Centre-back - Giorgio Chiellini - Juventus

Chiellini has been a rock at the back for the Italian side for over a decade now, and he remains amongst the best traditional centre-backs in the game today.

His absence from Juve's 2015 final vs Barcelona was arguably the key reason Los Blancos came away Champions. And he is still at that same elite level today.

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Left-Back - Ricardo Rodriguez - Wolfsburg

Rodriguez's defensive capabilities and attacking flair have made him a target for the likes of Chelsea in recent months.

His penchant for a set-piece goal also boosts his stock. At 24, the Swiss full back has plenty of time to improve too. 

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Centre-Midfield - Kevin De Bruyne - Manchester City

De Bruyne has started this season in formidable form for City, and, under Pep Guardiola, could become the best creative midfielder in the world.

With an eye for a pass and the ability to score out of nothing, he deserves to be in any XI in the world.

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Centre-Midfield - Blaise Matuidi - PSG

Matuidi was the subject of interest from a host of Europe's top clubs this season, providing his value as a defensive midfielder in today's game.

An athletic player capable of bossing the centre of the park, the Frenchman would provide cover for De Bruyne's more attacking nature.

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Right wing - Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid

Ronaldo simply has to find a place in the XI and, although perhaps not his preferred position anymore, the Madrid star would still thrive out wide.

He racked up 16 goals from 12 appearances in the 2015/16 Champions League and has scored a phenomenal 93 goals in the competition throughout his career.

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Left wing - Lionel Messi - Barcelona

Messi endured a less-than-stellar Champions League campaign last time out, but remains at the top of the footballing pyramid alongside Ronaldo.

He is a once-in-a-generation player and would walk into any team's line up in the history of the game.

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Forward - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - Borussia Dortmund

At Dortmund, Aubameyang continues to prove himself as one of the game's most effective strikers and, thanks to Neuer's selection, gets the nod ahead of Bundesliga rival Robert Lewandowski.

Aubameyang has three goals in three games this season on the back of 37 goals in 42 games last year. 

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Forward - Antoine Griezmann - Atletico Madrid

The French striker is arguably amongst the top five players in the world right now and was up for the Europe's Best Player award recently alongside Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.

He inspired France's run to the final of Euro 2016 and was very unfortunate to be on the losing side in last year's Champions League final against Madrid.

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