If there’s one player who knows about winning the Champions League, it’s former Barcelona star Deco.
The Portuguese legend is part of an elite group of players who have won the competition twice, in this case under Jose Mourinho at Porto in 2004 and then again with Barcelona in 2006.
Now, he has selected his all time Champions League XI for the Daily Mail, and there are a couple of Premier League greats in there to maintain English pride.
Going with a 3-4-3 formation, the former midfielder has decided to include long-serving former England captain John Terry as the man to lead his three-man defence, alongside former teammates Carles Puyol and William Carvalho.
“Very similar to how Puyol was for Barcelona, John was the leader of Chelsea and is still doing it now,” Deco said on the Chelsea man.
“When he does decide to retire, he will be so hard for Chelsea to replace [him].”
In midfield he has former Manchester United star Paul Scholes playing alongside current Atletico manager Diego Simeone, as well as Barcelona star Xavi and Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane.
“It is not coincidence so many professionals talk so highly of Paul Scholes,” he adds about Scholes.
“Of course he is one of the best midfield players of my Champions League, but also I think you can call him one of the best midfield players in the history of the game.”
Up front, the usual suspects can be found. Deco has a quite mouth-watering triumvirate of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ronaldinho as his chosen three, in what would arguably be a side full of goals and tricks to boot.