The Spaniard made over 500 appearances for Los Blancos during a successful 16 year spell with the club, and deservedly finds himself in the team alongside some former teammates. Another Real Madrid great, Sergio Ramos, lines up alongside fellow Spaniards Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol, while World Cup winner Philipp Lahm makes up a solid back four. In total, Cristiano Ronaldo has been part of UEFA’s team of the year a record 14 times, while Messi has secured a spot 11 times.Read Also: Iker Casillas: ‘I would like to return to Real Madrid one day’Former Arsenal striker Henry, meanwhile, was named in the team of the year five times in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006.Iker Casillas, Andres Iniesta, Carles Puyol and Sergio Ramos have also featured in the TOTY six times. In terms of the midfield, Steven Gerrard is the only English player to feature in the side. The former Liverpool captain was a huge part of the club’s famous 2005 Champions League comeback against AC Milan, where he scored that looping header to get Rafael Benitez’s side back in the game. UEFA have had the unforgiving task of picking an all-time Champions League XI, and only one English player has made the cut. He, like Casillas, made over 500 appearances for his club and deservedly makes his way into the all-time XI.Meanwhile, rather predictably, Barcelona pair Xavi and Iniesta make up the three man midfield; a duo that helped the Catalan giants to dominate Europe for years in the 00’s.Xavi and Iniesta celebrate winning the Champions League.To top things off, a front three of Thierry Henry, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo speaks for itself. In what is a formidable side, former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas features between the sticks.Advertisement Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonTV Characters Who Hated Each Other But Later Became FriendsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MorePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowProbably The World’s Most Beautiful Ceilings!
Since returning with a win at Hamilton in May the Cape Cross colt has run five more races and only lost once, when dropped back to a mile for the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot. Since then he has been impressive at Newmarket and won a Listed race at Hamilton. Johnston said: “He had options in the Rose Of Lancaster at Haydock and a race at Deauville but quite simply we decided on the Irish race because the field has broken up to only five runners. “I haven’t been surprised by his progression at all. I was disappointed by his display at Ascot, but that was probably my fault. He’s won over a variety of trips but it was a mistake to drop him back down to a mile. He’s far more comfortable over 10 furlongs. “If he continues to progress I will be very happy but we won’t make any decision about future races until this one is out of the way.” Taking him on is Dermot Weld’s Caponata, Aidan O’Brien’s Fortify, John Oxx’s Qewy and the Jim Bolger filly Scintillula, who was a close third to Ernest Hemingway and Royal Diamond on Thursday. Press Association Mark Johnston is looking to see Maputo’s progression continue in the Royal Whip at the Curragh.
Aidan O’Brien’s unbeaten Deauville is still among the 18 possibles for the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday. The Galileo colt is a full-brother to The Corsican and built on his reputation when beating Sanus Per Aquam in the Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown on his second outing. O’Brien has also left in eight of Deauville’s stablemates – Shogun, Air Vice Marshal, Beacon Rock, General Macarthur, Landofhopeandglory, Port Douglas, Unicorn and Lieutenant General. Press Association John Gosden’s Foundation is also unbeaten in two starts and barely came off the bridle in winning a Listed race at Haydock. Richard Hannon’s Listed winner Tony Curtis and stablemate Humphrey Bogart are still engaged, as is the Roger Varian-trained Haalick. Beast Mode, Ibn Malik, Muntazah, Lazzam and Sixth Sense also have the option of running in the Group Two over a mile.