World XI: Greatest team of the 21st Century (2)

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First of all, a few honourable mentions for a handful of 21st Century greats who narrowly missed the cut.

Why did they miss the cut? Well, some of them achieved the majority of their success before 2000, while others simply had better players ahead of them.

Gianluigi Buffon

Fabio Cannavaro

Rio Ferdinand

Nemanja Vidic

Paolo Maldini


Andrea Pirlo


Frank Lampard

Paul Scholes

Steven Gerrard

Clarence Seeforf

Ryan Giggs

Thierry Henry


Cristiano Ronaldo
Lionel Messi
John Terry

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