Andrea Pirlo has selected his dream Champions League XI and found just one place for English players in his selection.
Despite the Champions League being won by English teams four times since the European Cup was renovated in 1992, with another five teams reaching the final, the AC Milan and Juventus legend has found just one spot for players who have played in England.
Unsurprisingly, such is his reputation in Europe, Manchester United's Paul Scholes is the lone player in Pirlo's team.
Of Scholes, Pirlo said: "The truly great English midfield player of the generation. Didn’t just play the game, he thought about the game. You could see every pass, every decision, was based on his intelligence and understanding."
Andrea Pirlo's dream XI
Andrea Pirlo's dream XI
1/8 Gianluigi Buffon
Pirlo's verdict: He has been at the top for so long. He makes saves that no other goalkeeper in the world can make. He knows how to command the defence and give confidence to them.
2/8 Marcos Cafu
Pirlo's verdict: Trend-setting in being one of the first truly great attacking full backs. Excellent at getting forward, but very strong defensively as well.
3/8 Fabio Cannavaro
Pirlo’s verdict: A true leader that didn’t need to ask for respect, but naturally got it. Without doubt one of the best central defenders to have ever played.
4/8 Paolo Maldini
Pirlo’s verdict: A defender who could read the game like nobody else, so intelligent and always so calm on the ball. One of the true greats, for both Italy and Milan.
5/8 Philipp Lahm
Pirlo’s verdict: One of those players who never makes mistakes, always so reliable for Germany and Bayern. Probably doesn’t always get the credit, because it's just so normal for him to be playing at such a high level now.
6/8 Gennaro Gattuso
Pirlo’s verdict: Rino is the opposition’s nightmare. Even in a training game, he plays like it is the World Cup final. The style of his game allows his team-mates time on the ball. Every team needs a Gattuso.
Pirlo’s verdict: I remember how badly we took it as a team when Kaka left Milan. For two or three years he was the best player in the world. There was a point when teams just had no idea how to stop him.
8/8 Pippo Inzaghi
Pirlo’s verdict: Just the perfect goalscorer. We had this most incredible understanding. We did not even have to look for each other. He knew what pass I would make and I knew where he would be. You gave him a chance and he would take it.
The Italian didn't pick himself, but did pick seven former team-mates and five Italians.
AC Milan are the most well represented club with Paolo Maldini, Gennaro Gattuso, Marcos Cafu, Kaka and Pippo Inzaghi - the most surprising selection in the team.
Former Italy striker Inzaghi gets in the team ahead of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry and countless others who may feel they were more deserving of a place in the team.
Italian centre-back Fabio Cannavaro and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon are both in the team, although neither player has won the Champions League during their illustrious careers.
Barcelona duo Xavi and Lionel Messi, as well as Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm, make up the XI.
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