Photo: UEFA’s all-time Champions League XI, featuring Gerrard and Henry

Champions League

Former Arsenal and Liverpool players make UEFA’s all-time best Champions League XI.

UEFA have published their all-time Champions League XI, with former Premier League stars Thierry Henry, Steven Gerrard and Cristiano Ronaldo making the team, shown by BT Sport.

Picking a best ever eleven since the redesign of the European Cup is always going to draw huge debate, yet with some names there can be very little argument.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo currently top the scoring charts and are widely regarded as the best players of their generation, sharing the past seven Ballon d’Or trophies.

Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Carles Puyol and Alessandro Nesta have won multiple Champions League titles, whereas Iker Casillas has made more European appearances than any other goalkeeper.

Bayern Munich’s Philipp Lahm and Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos have been hugely influential in recent successes – so where does that leave us with the two remaining players?

Well, they are arguably the most controversial but who could deny former Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard and Arsenal’s all-time top scorer Thierry Henry a place in the XI?

Gerrard captained the Reds to what is widely regarded as the greatest Champions League comeback in history, hitting back from three goals down to defeat AC Milan on penalties in the 2005 final.

While he has been displayed in a wide right role in a 4-3-3, Gerrard could pretty much play anywhere and still produce excellent leadership skill, superb passes and an abundance of energy.

Ex-Arsenal star Henry also makes the team ahead of the likes of Arjen Robben, Luis Figo, Franck Ribery and of course Brazilian World Cup winner and two-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldinho.

But the Gunners hero deserves his spot, having scored 42 Champions League goals during his time in North London followed by a few more for Barcelona on his way to winning the trophy with the Catalans.

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