Michael Owen has chosen his dream XI of Champions League’s greatest players in history.
The former Manchester United forward and 2001 Ballon d’Or winner has paired Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi upfront together in his all-time Champions League XI.
During a chat with ex-Manchester United and England teammate Rio Ferdinand on BT Sport, Owen selected his dream XI using what appeared to be a makeshift 4-3-1-2 formation.
Owen picked Cristiano Ronaldo and arch-rival Lionel Messi, the two highest goalscorers in the history of the competition to head the attack. Real Madrid icon Zinedine Zidane sits just behind the pair.
Former Barcelona midfielder and now-manager Xavi and his former midfield partner at Spain and Barca Andres Iniesta join Owen’s former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard in midfield.
On the other hand, Brazilian World Cup winners Cafu and Roberto Carlos start in the right and left-back positions respectively. AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini joins ex-Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos in central defense, while Juventus icon Gianluigi Buffon is in goal.
Meanwhile, other Champions League stars such as Thierry Henry, Robert Lewandowski, Paul Scholes, Karim Benzema, Luka Modric, Ronaldinho, and Ferdinand failed to make the cut.