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Most Decorated Players XI In Europe Revealed

Cristiano Ronaldo missed out on the most decorated XI across Europe's top five leagues despite his incredible career. So who did make the cut?

Click through the gallery above to see the most decorated XI, and how many trophies each player in it has won, according to William Hill!

The 35-year-old has lifted 31 titles throughout his career, but did not make William Hill's most decorated XI, which is based on the three players with most trophies in each of Europe's top five leagues over the past 30 years.

As a consequence, Ronaldo did not make the cut because his titles are spread over three of Europe's major leagues, namely the Premier League (10), LaLiga (16) and Serie A (3).

"The best starting XI from over the years is a hotly debated topic amongst football supporters, so we decided to put this to the test and select a one to 11 based on major trophies won by players who have played in the top five European leagues over the last 30 years," Tony Smith, William Hill's online marketing director, said, as quoted by the Daily Express.

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"The starting XI includes the likes of Paolo Maldini, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Ryan Giggs – legends of the game – and with the rest of the talent in this team, the first XI have a total of 367 medals between them.

"Many might gasp in horror at Cristiano Ronaldo missing out, but there's no space for the Juventus goal machine due to his medals being spread out across three leagues. Despite winning the Ballon d'Or a remarkable five times, the Portuguese attacker still trails Messi, Iniesta and Sergio Busquets in Spain, as well as Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville in England – teammates of his at Manchester United."

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We added Dani Alves to the selection in comparison to William Hill's XI, because the former Sevilla and FC Barcelona right-back trumps Gary Neville, who was in the initial selection – Alves won 28 trophies in Spain in comparison to Neville's 20 in England.

What do you make of the most decorated players XI? Have your say in the comments section below.


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