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The most decorated number 11 in European history from Messi to Giggs and Maldini … but no place for Cristiano Ronaldo – The American Sun

CRISTIANO RONALDO has even failed to make it to the bench of the most decorated team in European history.

The Manchester United forward has won major trophies in England, Spain and Italy, but that was not enough to make it into this squad.

There is no place for Cristiano Ronaldo in the most iconic squad in European history

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There is no place for Cristiano Ronaldo in the most iconic squad in European history

The group is assembled by William Hill, which includes three of the best decorated players from Europe’s top five leagues – meaning there are also four subs.

Along with Ronaldo, another notable omission in the squad is Dani Alves.

Although the Brazilian legend has won an incredible 43 trophies, the 28 titles he received in Spain are much more appreciated than 3 of his former team-mates at Barcelona.

Here SunSport runs you down the complete team.

GK – GIANLUIGI BUFFON

The Italian defender returned to the Old Lady in the summer of 2019 from Paris Saint-Germain.

He won 22 medals with Juve, including ten Serie A titles, before leaving for Parma earlier this year.

Gianluigi Buffon left Juve for the second time earlier this year

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Gianluigi Buffon left Juve for the second time earlier this yearCredit: AFP

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RB – GARY NEVILLE

Neville began playing for Manchester United during the 1992–93 season, and spent his entire career with the club before retiring in 2011.

He has won 20 medals with the Red Devils – including eight Premier League titles and the Champions League twice.

CB – THIAGO SILVA

After winning Serie A with AC Milan, the Brazilian moved to PSG, where he has been a key member of the team since 2012.

The Brazilian made 315 appearances for the club, where he won 25 trophies before moving to Chelsea last summer – where he added the Champions League to his crowded wardrobe.

CB – PAOLO MALDINI

The legendary defender’s career spanned three decades, with the hero of a club playing for AC Milan between 1984-2009.

During that time, he racked up an incredible 902 goals, winning 25 titles.

LB – PHILIPP LAHM

The venerable former Bayern Munich defender won 21 trophies in Germany before he called it quits in 2017.

Named in Uefa’s Team of the Year six times, he eventually won the Champions League in 2013.

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has been included in the European team of the year

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Manchester United legend Gary Neville has been included in the European team of the yearCredit: Getty – Contributor

CM – ANDRES INIESTA

One of the best midfielders to ever make a splash, the Barcelona icon has won 32 major trophies in Spain.

Now, he is busy trading in Japan, he helped his team Vissel Kobe win the first trophy in history.

CM – MARCO VERRATTI

Silva’s former PSG team-mate has thrived in Ligue 1 since he switched Italy to France, with the midfielder establishing himself as one of the best players in Europe.

Only 28 years old, Verratti has won 26 medals with Les Parisiens.

CM – SCHOLES PAUL

One of the best midfielders in Premier League history, the Manchester United legend has won 26 trophies in England.

Like Neville, he retired from playing only for the Reds, although he had two spells at the club after his retirement to reunite with his teammates.

RW – LIONEL MESSI

Still turning heads, the former Barca magician has won 35 major team trophies – and seven Ballon d’Or.

He added this year’s Copa America at the international level, and is sure to win more silver titles with Paris Saint-Germain.

Lionel Messi will go down as one of the best players ever to live

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Lionel Messi will go down as one of the best players ever to live

LW – RYAN GIGGS

Another of the United club, the Welshman is one of the men behind Messi having won 34 trophies in his career.

He has won the Premier League an incredible 13 times, which is a record that still stands.

ST – THOMAS MULLER

A surprising name leading the charge, the Bayern forward has been a mainstay of the team since his breakthrough at the end of the 2008-09 campaign.

Still only 31, he has plenty of time to add to the 29 titles he has collected so far.

SUBS

Switching to the bench, former Bayern player Oliver Kahn secured a spot on the bench with 22 titles won, along with PSG defender Marquinhos (18), Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets (29) and the former champion. Juve star Alessandro Del Piero (18).

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