“Three players who came out of Barcelona.”
1NEWS – The Champions League is still the most prestigious tournament between the big football clubs in Europe. The tournament, which is held once a year, has featured many great players.
And, of course, everyone has the desire to collect the best Champions League games in a team. On that note, football legend, Peter Crouch, has made the starting XI the best player in the Champions League. The former Tottenham player’s version was named the best ever.
Although he has also played in the Champions League, the former Liverpool and Tottenham striker did not include himself in the squad. In fact, Crouch has scored 11 Champions League goals.
Without further ado, let’s see who are the best players that Crouch has included in his starting XI.
GK: Manuel Neuer
The Bayern Munich goalkeeper is very worthy of being included in Crouch’s choice.
Although he was a bit undecided on the choice, Crouch said: “It’s a tough one, I’ve changed a few times. I initially chose Gianluigi Buffon, but I chose Neuer”
“With Neuer you have everything. Someone commanding, big, confident, his position… I feel he is the best goalkeeper,” he added.
“I’ve played against him, and watched him for a long time. The machine… He’s faster than his time. He can still play now,” added Crouch.
Brazilian legend Cafu turns 51 today.
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LB: Roberto Carlos
“I couldn’t catch Marcelo. He got me kicked out of the Bernabeu! Roberto Carlos is the man I go to.
“In defense, not as good as Cafu. Offensive, absolutely unbelievable. Free kicks are an added bonus. What he prints is absolutely incredible.”
“Just talent. Something different from what we see in this country. It’s difficult to leave Ashley Cole, but I prefer Carlos.”
CB: Sergio Ramos
“The reason behind Ramos is that he was born a winner. He won by all means. If I’m a manager, or a fan, there’s no one I like more as a centre-back than Ramos. The number of Champions Leagues he’s won, his CV speaks for itself. A top defender,” he concluded.
CB: Paolo Maldini
“I had the privilege of sharing the pitch with Maldini. He can play anywhere: centre-back, left-back… and is a class player. He was never out of position, even when he played at 37/38. The tackling times, the reading of the game, how comfortable he is on the ball. He’s a handsome guy with quality on the pitch!” Crouch said.
“When you think of Maldini, he just embodies the Italian national team. Fantastic defensively, very rarely beaten, and a serial winner.”