Champions League: Pick your all-time XI from players in the tournament
The all-time Champions League XI as picked by BBC users - Buffon, Alves, Ramos, Maldini, Carlos, Iniesta, Xavi, Zidane, Messi, Henry, Ronaldo
The all-time Champions League XI as picked by BBC users

The Champions League has seen so many legends since the European Cup was rebranded in 1992-93.

A panel of BBC Sport journalists picked a shortlist of players to have 60 or more Champions League appearances and to have played in at least one final.

We asked you what you thought the best Champions League XI was and you replied in huge numbers.

Here is the XI you chose (as of 16:30 BST on Thursday).


Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon may never have won the Champions League but he was your number one pick in goal, in 32% of teams.

Iker Casillas was second on 29%, while Edwin van der Sar featured in 14% of sides.


You went for Paolo Maldini (73%), Sergio Ramos (52%), Dani Alves (40%) and Roberto Carlos (40%).

AC Milan icon Maldini was the third most-selected player in the team (you can guess the top two).

Philipp Lahm (34%) and Carles Puyol (32%) were unlucky not to make the team. They were the 10th and 11th most selected players overall – but finished behind four defenders.


You picked a midfield three of Zinedine Zidane (63%), Andres Iniesta (53%) and Xavi (40%).

Juventus and Real Madrid legend Zidane was actually the most-picked player in all three midfield spots – with former Barcelona duo Iniesta and Xavi coming next.

This was the least contested position. Ex-Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard, the most selected British player, was the fourth most popular midfielder – but only in 23% of your teams.


Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo (90%) and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (88%) were always going to get in the team – and ex-Arsenal striker Thierry Henry (26%) sneaks into the front three by the finest of margins.

Former Real Madrid man Ronaldo was the top pick in two positions but was selected in more left-wing spots than at centre forward, which meant that spot went to the next highest number nine pick – which was Henry… by just 0.2% from Robert Lewandowski.

If Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski scores in Sunday’s final and we do this again next season it might be a different matter.

You can still pick your all-time XI below and share it with your friends on social media – but it will not count towards the team selected on this page.

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