The Champions League never fails in delivering quality, excitement and surprise and this season has been no exception
But if we could take the best elements of every team that made it to the last 16 this year – the best players – who would make the cut in an ultimate team?
Well, we’re here to tell you with who we think would make the cut in a Footy-Boots.com Fantasy XI…
Goalkeeper:' Manuel Neuer, Bayern
It took Neuer a while to settle in at Bayern and win over the home fans, but his all round ability and presence between the sticks has confirmed the shot stopper as one of the top keepers in the world.
A sound and confident number 1 for the Champions League 11.
RB: Dani Alves – Barcelona – adidas F50 adiZero' football boots
Alves may have a reputation for displays of play acting, but when the Brazilian stays on his feet, his record in the top club competition in the world speaks for itself. His energy up and down the flank,' particularly' offensively is top notch.
And that ball he played to Messi against PSG – well… See that pass again
CB: Thiago Silva – PSG – Nike CTR360 football boots
He’s been tremendous the last three years, and since joining PSG from Milan, his form has been maintained. His influence was a big factor in PSG making it to the last 16.
Despite being labelled fat and overrated„(amongst other things) by the perfect role model Joey Barton, Silva has proved beyond doubt why PSG stumped up a mega £35 million for a defender.
Xavi – Barcelona – adidas Predator football boots
Truly the linchpin in the Barcelona midfield, it’s almost as if nothing happens in the centre circle without his say so. His astounding 88% pass completion in this years competition tops the charts once again and would surely make him one of the first players on any manager’s teamsheet.
Lionel Messi – Barcelona – adidas F50 adiZero football boots
What more is there to say about Messi that hasn’t already been said?
He’s just 25 years old and is already being lauded amongst the best the game has ever seen.
Fast, skilful and great with both feet – there have been games in which Messi has been completely unplayable.
Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid – Nike' football boots