Rivaldo’s Champions League XI: including 25 winner’s medals between them

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RW- Luis Figo

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With a midfield including Rivaldo and Luis Figo, it is no surprise that Barcelona clinched two La Liga titles while the pair were together at the Nou Camp. However, they were unable to add the Champions League before the Portuguese wizard left for their bitter rivals in 2000. The decision would be vindicated however, as he was part of the side that would win the trophy at Hampden Park in 2002.

CM- Xavi 

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Like Puyol, the class centre-midfielder arrived on the scene in the late 1990s. And with Rivaldo doing the kind of things on the pitch that made fans gasp, his emergence into the Barcelona first-team went much like the rest of his career, under the radar. It is possible that his true value to the Catalan side will only truly be known now he has decided to leave the club. He bowed out in a manner that was befitting of his quality, by winning the Champions League for a fourth time earlier in the month. The victory over Juventus also sealed a historic treble for Luis Enrique’s side.

CM- Zinedine Zidane

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Despite being considered as one of the world’s best players, Zinedine Zidane seemed to bring something of a curse with him when he joined the Old Lady in 1997. Juventus had just won the Champions League when the Frenchman signed, but would go on to lose the next two finals. After driving his country to both the World Cup on home soil in 1998, and Euro 2000, he moved to the side that had denied the Italian club victory in 1998, Real Madrid. And while his first season seemed to be disappointing given his calibre, he produced a moment of unbelievable quality when he bagged the winner in the 2002 final against Bayer Leverkusen. He is one of two players in the team that Rivaldo never played alongside for club or country.

LW- Ronaldinho

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Ronaldinho appeared to follow in his international teammate’s footsteps at club level. Firstly, he became the world’s best player while plying his trade at Barcelona, before heading off to AC Milan. He joined the Spanish side one year after Rivaldo had left the club. However, their paths would intertwine for the national side as the pair played a massive part in Brazil winning the 2002 World Cup. Their performances in the quarter-final will provide a lot of painful memories for England fans, as they sunk Sven Goran Eriksson’s side. Ronaldinho would win the Champions League once, as Barcelona defeated Arsenal in the 2006 final.

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