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My Greatest Football XI

*Just to clarify, this composition of a starting 11 of some of the world's best footballers ever, is only considering players to have played in my lifetime. Given that I was born in 2002, I have only experience a small percentage of brilliant footballers. Nonetheless, some of these are the greats of the brilliant game we call football (not soccer)*


**Sorry for the quality of the photos, not sure why they come out blurry**


Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)

Clubs - Parma, Juventus, PSG


Source: nytimes.com


Achievements:

- 11 x League Titles (10 with Juventus, 1 with PSG)

- 1 x FIFA World Cup

- 13 x League cups

- 1 x UEFA Super Cup

- 1 x Footballer of the Year


Other Contenders: Iker Casillas, Manuel Neuer


Right-back: Philipp Lahm (Germany)

Clubs - VFB Stuttgart (Loan), Bayern Munich


Source: fcbayern.com


Achievements:

- 8 x League Titles (Bayern Munich)

- 1 x FIFA World Cup

- 9 x League Cups

- 1 x UEFA Champions League

- 1 x UEFA Super Cup

- 1 x Footballer of the Year

- 1 x FIFA Club World Cup


Other Contenders: Dani Alves, Gary Neville


Centre-back: Paolo Maldini (Italy) + Captain

Clubs - AC Milan


Source: ESPN.co.uk


Achievements:

- 7 x League Titles (AC Milan)

- 5 x UEFA Champions Leagues (2 x European Cup)

- 4 x UEFA Super Cups

- 2 x Intercontinental Cups

- 7 x League Cups

- 1 x FIFA Club World Cup


Other Contenders: Nemanja Vidic, Sergio Ramos


Centre-back: Carles Puyol (Spain)

Clubs - FC Barcelona


Source: blogspot.com


Achievements:

- 6 x League Titles (FC Barcelona)

- 1 x FIFA World Cup

- 1 x European Championship

- 3 x UEFA Champions Leagues

- 3 x UEFA Super Cups

- 10 x League Cups

- 2 x FIFA Club World Cups


Other Contenders: Rio Ferdinand, Fabio Cannavaro


Left-back: Roberto Carlos (Brazil)

Clubs - Uniao Sao Joao, Palmeiras, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Fenerbache, Corinthians, Anzhi Makhachkala, Delhi Dynamos


Source: Goal.com


Achievements:

- 6 x League Titles (4 with Real Madrid, 2 with Palmeiras)

- 1 x FIFA World Cup

- 2 x Copa Americas

- 3 x UEFA Champions Leagues

- 2 x UEFA Super Cups

- 1 x Confederations Cup

- 2 x Intercontinental Cups

- 5 x League Cups (3 with Real Madrid, 2 with Fenerbache)


Other Contenders: Ashley Cole, Marcelo


Centre Midfield: Zinedine Zidane (France)

Clubs - AS Cannes, Girondins Bordeaux, Juventus, Real Madrid


Source: pledgesports.org


Achievements:

- 3 x League Titles (2 with Juventus, 1 with Real Madrid)

- 1 x FIFA World Cup

- 1 x European Championship

- 1 x UEFA Champions League

- 3 x League Cups

- 2 x UEFA Super Cups

- 2 x Intercontinental Cups

- 3 x Footballer of the Year

- 3 x FIFA Best Men's Player

- 1 x Player of the Year (Girondins Bordeaux)

- 1 x FIFA Ballon D'or



Other Contenders: Patrick Viera, Paul Scholes


Right Centre Midfield: Andres Iniesta (Spain)

Clubs - FC Barcelona, Vissel Kobe


Source: Eurosport.com


Achievements:

- 9 x League Titles (FC Barcelona)

- 1 x FIFA World Cup

- 2 x European Championships

- 4 x UEFA Champions Leagues

- 15 x League Cups (2 with Vissel Kobe)

- 3 x UEFA Super Cups

- 3 x FIFA Club World Cups

- 1 x Europe's Best Player (2012)

- 1 x Player of the Year

- 1 x Footballer of the Year


Other Contenders: Xavi, Andrea Pirlo


Central Attacking Midfield: Ronaldinho (Brazil)

Clubs - Gremio, PSG, Barcelona, AC Milan, Flamengo, Atletico Mineiro, Queretaro, Fluminense


Source: stadiumastro.com


Achievements:

- 3 x League Titles (2 with FC Barcelona, 1 with AC Milan)

- 1 x FIFA World Cup

- 1 x Copa America

- 1 x UEFA Champions League

- 1 x Confederations Cup

- 2 x League Cups

- 1 x Copa Sudamericana

- 2 x Europe's Best Player

- 1 x Ballon D'or


Other Contenders: Wayne Rooney, Kaka


Left-wing: Cristano Ronaldo (Portugal)

Clubs - Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus


Source: mufczone.com


Achievements:

- 7 x League Titles (3 with Manchester United, 2 with Real Madrid, 2 with Juventus)

- 1 x European Championship

- 5 x UEFA Champions Leagues

- 11 x League Cups

- 3 x UEFA Super Cups

- 4 x FIFA Club World Cups

- 1 x Nations League

- 10 x Footballer of the Year

- 5 x Player of the Year

- 17 x Top Scorer Awards

- 3 x UEFA Best Player in Europe

- 2 x FIFA Best Player

- 5 x Ballon D'or


Other Contenders: Ryan Giggs, Frank Ribery


Right-wing: Lionel Messi (Argentina)

Clubs - FC Barcelona


Source: thetrentonline.com


Achievements:

- 10 x League Titles

- 14 x League Cups

- 4 x UEFA Champions Leagues

- 3 x FIFA Club World Cups

- 3 x UEFA Super Cups

- 1 x Olympic Medalist

- 19 x Top Scorer Awards

- 3 x UEFA Best Player in Europe

- 1 x FIFA Best Player

- 6 x Ballon D'or


Other Contenders: Arjen Robben, Luis Figo


Striker: Ronaldo (Brazil)

Clubs - Cruzeiro, PSV, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Corinthians


Source: wordpress.com


Achievements:

- 2 x League Titles (Real Madrid)

- 2 x FIFA World Cups

- 2 x Copa Americas

- 7 x League Cups

- 1 x Intercontinental Cups

- 2 x UEFA Super Cups

- 1 x Confederations Cup

- 1 x UEFA Cup

- 1 x Footballer of the Year

- 3 x Player of the Year

- 6 x Top Scorer Awards

- 3 x FIFA Best Player

- 2 x Ballon D'or

Other Contenders: Thierry Henry, Sergio Aguero