UEFA has named an All time XI consisting of players who have featured in the UEFA Team of the Year maximum number of times since its induction in 2001. The shortlist for Team of the Year 2015 is set to be disclosed on Tuesday.
The Ultimate Team of the Year as UEFA has termed it, features 18 greatest players who have graced the tournament. Greats like Carles Puyol, Philipp Lahm, Alessandro Nesta, Xavi, Thierry Henry, Zinedine Zidane, Pavel Nedved, Ronaldinho, Kaka all made it into the 18-players team. Quite unsurprisingly, two greatest goalscorers of the Champions League, Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are also part of the Ultimate Team.
CF: Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina)
The Barcelona talisman has been named in the UEFA TotY six times till now since he was first included in 2008, the only time he has not been part of the team was in 2013. The 28-year old has already won the CL four times and the form which the Blaugranes are displaying only means that he can add more to the already staggering tally.
LCM: Andres Iniesta (Barcelona, Spain)
The little wizard has made it to the UEFA TotY four times in his glittering career (2009,10,11,12). The 31-year old has won the Champions League four times, Euro Cup twice and the World Cup in 2010 when he scored the winning goal against Netherlands in the final of the tournament.
RW: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Real Madrid, Portugal)
The Portuguese is on top of the list of the players who have featured the most number of times in the UEFA TotY with a record nine appearances. After featuring once in 2004 when he helped Portugal to the final of Euro 2004, he has gone on to be a part of the team for eight straight years now from 2007 to 2014. He is also the record goalscorer in the Champions League with staggering 83 goals in 123 appearances. Read more