Real Madrid Greatest XI vs Ajax Greatest XI: Who Wins?

Tonight Ajax face Real Madrid in the Champions League. Some of the greatest players the world has ever seen have starred for these two clubs - but if all the stars could be brought back for just one match who would emerge victorious? To decide, we asked two writers to pick the finest players from their club's all time squads...
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Tonight Ajax face Real Madrid in the Champions League. Some of the greatest players the world has ever seen have starred for these two clubs - but if all the stars could be brought back for just one match who would emerge victorious? To decide, we asked two writers to pick the finest players from their club's all time squads...

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Tonight Ajax face Real Madrid in the Champions League. Some of the greatest players the world has ever seen have starred for these two clubs - but if all the stars could be brought back for just one match who would emerge victorious? To decide, we asked two writers to pick the finest players from their club's all time squads...

Ajax’s Greatest XI

Goalkeeper
Edwin van der Sar: Dutch record international. Keeps it simple. Always on the right spot.
Rating: 8

Right back
Willem Suurbier: Innovative attacking defender with great pace.
Rating: 8

Centre back
Frank Rijkaard: Energetic defender or midfielder with immense power.
Rating: 8

Centre back
Frank de Boer: Not quick but a great touch and a spectacular long pass.
Rating: 7

Left back
Ruud Krol: Ahead of his time as a stylish libero. Started as a left back.
Rating: 8

Midfield
Johan Neeskens: Quintessential hard man, who surge into the box to score.
Rating: 9

Midfield
Edgar Davids: The Pitbull, who would never give up. Filling all the gaps.
Rating: 9

Midfield
Johan Cruyff: Excellent technique paired with a quick mind and great moves.
Rating: 10

Forward
Dennis Bergkamp: Almost every goal he scored was a beauty.
Rating: 9

Forward
Marco van Basten: Powerful, sometimes nasty topscorer who had everything a striker needs.
Rating: 10

Forward
Piet Keizer: Sensational ball control with a deadly shot.
Rating: 9

TOTAL: 87/110

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Real Madrid's Greatest XI

GK
Iker Casillas: The Real Madrid defence was a shambles for years until Mourinho came along. Just as well Spain’s all-time No1 was plugging the gaps season after season.
Rating: 10

Right-back
Sergio Ramos: Adding some new-found maturity to his lung-busting ability to work the right flank, Ramos gets the nod over the long-serving Chendo.
Rating: 8

Left-back
Jose Antonio Camacho: Roberto Carlos could hit the ball harder and run faster, but the inspirational Camacho could snuff out fancy dan forwards better than anyone.
Rating: 9

Centre-back
Fernando Hierro: Collected more red cards than anyone in the club’s history, but a silky distributor, born leader and skilled free-kick taker.
Rating: 9

Centre-back
Manolo Sanchis: A one-club man who started out as a keeper before dovetailing to perfection with long-standing partner Hierro.
Rating: 8

Right midfield
Fernando Redondo: Blended steel and elegance to boss the Madrid midfield in the late 90s. His performance in a 2000 Champions League semi against Man United is the stuff of legend.
Rating: 9

Left midfield
Raul: Not the most gifted player to lead the Madrid line and a spent force in recent seasons, but his tireless running, indomitable spirit and thirst for goals had long since ensured him legendary status at the club.
Rating: 9

Central midfield
Ferenc Puskas: With his trickery on the ball and fierce shot, the stocky inside-left made light of his growing waistline to leave an indelible mark in a nine-year association with the club.
Rating: 9

Central midfield
Alfredo Di Stefano: The cornerstone of Madrid’s domination of the European Cup in its early years. The greatest player ever to have donned the white jersey.
Rating: 10

Forward
Hugo Sanchez: The spring-heeled Mexican was the ultimate goalscoring machine, banging the ball in from every conceivable angle and making Spain’s top goalscorer award his own personal preserve.
Rating: 9

Forward
Paco Gento: Small, lightning fast and blessed with remarkable ball control, Gento built up a telepathic understanding with Di Stefano and appeared in every one of Madrid’s European finals from 1956 to 1971.
Rating: 9

TOTAL: 99/110 - Victory for Real Madrid

Ajax Greatest XI picked by Ernst Bouwes. Follow him on Twitter @TotalfootballNL

Real Madrid Greatest XI picked by James Calder

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