Porto’s XI if they’d kept their best players

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Porto’s 3-0 victory over AS Monaco in the 2004 Champions League final now feels like a lifetime ago.

Goals from Carlos Alberto, Deco and Dmitri Alenichev secured one of the most remarkable European Cup triumphs in the history of the competition by Jose Mourinho’s men.

Porto have enjoyed plenty of success since - they’ve won the Portuguese league title seven times and the Europa League once since Mourinho’s departure - despite selling many of their best players.

The Portuguese giants have an excellent track record of snapping up talented youngsters - particularly from South America - and selling them on for huge profit a few years later.

But what might their team look like today had they kept their best players? Let’s take a closer look.

Goalkeeper: Helton

Now with: Unattached

Helton spent 11 years with Porto but left the club earlier this year after falling behind both Iker Casillas and Fabiano in the pecking order.

Left-back: Alex Sandro

Now with: Juventus

An attack-minded full-back, Porto bought Alex Sandro for €9.6 million in July 2011 and sold him to Juventus four years later for €26 million.

Centre-back: Pepe

Now with: Real Madrid

Real Madrid signed Pepe for €30 million in July 2007 and, despite his disciplinary problems, has been worth every penny for the Spanish giants.

Centre-back: Nicolas Otamendi

Now with: Manchester City

Porto probably wish they’d held on to Nicolas Otamendi for a few more years. They sold the Argentina international to Valencia for €12 million in 2014. Two years later and he was signed by Man City for £28.5 million.

Right-back: Danilo

Now with: Real Madrid

Porto made a huge profit on attacking right-back Danilo, buying him for €13 million and selling him three years later for €31.5 million.

Midfield: Joao Moutinho

Now with: AS Monaco

Joao Moutinho, one of European football’s most cultured central midfielders, was sold to AS Monaco for €25 million in the summer of 2013.

Midfield: Fernando

Now with: Manchester City

Fernando spent longer (seven years) than most top players do at Porto. The midfielder was snapped up by Man City for around £12 million in June 2014.

Left-wing: Jackson Martinez

Now with: Guangzhou Evergrande

Jackson Martinez predominately played as a centre-forward for Porto, where he scored a remarkable 94 goals in 143 appearances. But he can play wide left - and for the purposes of this XI that’s where he finds himself playing.

Right-wing: Hulk

Now with: Shanghai SIPG

Hulk was magnificent for Porto, scoring 89 goals in 170 matches from the right wing between 2008 and 2012. Few players in world football possess a better left foot.

Playmaker: James Rodriguez

Now with: Real Madrid

Porto would love to have kept the gifted James Rodriguez for longer, but they simply couldn’t afford to turn down AS Monaco’s generous €45 million offer in May 2013. The world-class Colombia international later joined Real Madrid for around €80 million following his eye-catching performances at the 2014 World Cup finals.

Centre-forward: Radamel Falcao

Now with: AS Monaco

Things might have been very different for Radamel Falcao had he stayed with Porto instead of signing for AS Monaco in 2013. The Colombia international hasn’t been the same player since leaving the Estádio do Dragão - a serious knee injury sustained in January 2014 being the main reason for that - but we shouldn’t forget how extraordinary he was in Portugal.

At his peak, there was no better No. 9 on the planet.

Porto XI if they'd kept their best players

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