Andrea Pirlo picks his Champions League dream team (1)

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Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo has named Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Xavi Hernandez in his all-time Champions League XI, but there was no place for Real Madrid favourite Cristiano Ronaldo in his star-studded lineup.

The Italian playmaker could not find a space for the 2014 FIFA Ballon d'Or winner, however, he did select another Manchester United legend in Paul Scholes; the only English player to make the cut.

Pirlo's picks were heavily weighted towards players that he's had the fortune of featuring alongside in Serie 'A', with several of his former team-mates at AC Milan unsurprisingly included.

The 35-year-old is revered around the world for his unrivalled grace and guile that has been showcased at the very top level for the past 20 years, and there's certainly reason to argue that the veteran is worthy of inclusion in his own team.

Still, Pirlo's European dream team is packed full of world-class talent, and features a nice blend of players from the past and present. The question is, do you agree with it?

You can read the midfield maestro's reasons for selecting each individual player - quotes taken from the Daily Mail - by clicking the 'Begin Slideshow' button below, then feel free to have your say on any glaring omissions in the comment box provided…

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