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All-time UEFA Champions League XI

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The Champions League has provided us with some stunning moments over the past two decadesPicking a best ever XI to have played in Europeans Premier competition is no easy task. The European Cup was redesigned as the Champions League in 1992 and there have been some truly amazing players who have dazzled all of us with their skills.Some of the worlds greatest players have left their indelible stamp on this tournament and the Champions League has given us some really memorable moments.Zidane, Ronaldinho, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ronaldo Nazario, Ryan Giggs, Lionel Messi are just some of the legends who have played in this competition and some of these players do not even make the reserves.Formation: 4-3-3

#1 Iker Casillas - Goalkeeper

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Iker Casillas has won the Champions League three times with Real Madrid

Iker Casillas or ‘San Iker’ as he is popularly known is one of the greatest ever goalkeepers of our generation. Although Casillas has seen his powers wane in the last two seasons, football aficionados will remember the time when scoring against Casillas was almost an impossible task.

Casillas has a host of records in the Champions League such as being the youngest ever goalkeeper to play in a Champions League final. He also is the goalkeeper with most appearances in the Champions League which shows his consistency and longevity at the top of the game. The Spaniard also has the most number of clean sheets in the Champions League.

In his prime, he was an athletic keeper, known in particular for his outstanding speed, agility, reflexes, consistency and shot-stopping, as well as his positioning, concentration, penalty-saving and leadership.  Casillas lost won the Champions League trophy for Real Madrid in their famous La decima triumph against rivals Atletico Madrid in 2014.

Although there have been some great goalkeepers like Gianluigi Buffon, Manuel Neuer and Oliver kahn, no one has been as successfull as Iker Casillas in the Champions League.

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