UEFA release their 'Ultimate all-time XI' based on Team of the Year inclusions

Liverpools Steven Gerrard (L) vies for t...

UEFA have released their shortlist of 50 players nominated for the 2018 UEFA.com fans’ Team of the Year.

Fourteen clubs and 20 nationalities are represented with five goalkeepers, 15 defenders, 15 midfielders and 15 forwards.

Picking an XI from the list of players is incredibly difficult but fans will no doubt enjoy doing so.

Upon releasing their list of 50 nominees, UEFA also decided to publish their “Ultimate Team of the Year: the all-time XI.”

To work this out, UEFA have gone back to see which players have made the UEFA.com Team of the Year the most times.

And it’s created a rather incredible XI.

UEFA'S ULTIMATE ALL-TIME XI

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Iker Casillas | Goalkeeper | 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Sergio Ramos | Right-back | 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Philipp Lahm | Left-back | 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014

Carles Puyol | Centre-back | 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010

Gerard Pique | Centre-back | 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016

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Xavi | Centre-midfield | 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Andres Iniesta | Centre-midfield | 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016

Steven Gerrard | Centre-midfield | 2005, 2006, 2007

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Cristiano Ronaldo | Striker | 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Lionel Messi | Striker | 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Thierry Henry | Striker | 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006

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That’s not a bad line-up, is it?

Of course, the XI brings up plenty of talking points.

Gerrard being included and not Paul Scholes or Frank Lampard will interest English fans.

Chelsea's Frank Lampard (L) greets Liver

While there will be many questioning how Zidane or Kaka aren’t there.

Incidentally, Gerrard, Kaka, Zidane, Ronaldinho, Toni Kroos and Pavel Nedved have all been included in the Team of the Year on three occasions. However, Gerrard's seven nominations in the list of 50 has seen him included ahead of Kaká (five), Ronaldinho (four), Kroos (four), Nedved (three) and Zidane (three).

But just look at that front-three of Henry, Messi and Ronaldo. Imagine those three playing together in their prime.

Enough to trouble Ramos, Lahm, Puyol and Pique…

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