GK: Andoni Zubizarreta – The Basque goalkeeper spent eight years at the Camp Nou, and was the number one when Barca won their first ever European Cup in 1992. 8
RB: Carles Puyol – The leader and Captain of the current Barca side, his wholehearted commitment and strength is invaluable and an inspiration to his team mates. The Catalan hero is 32 but few would bet against him lifting even more trophies before he retires. 8
CB: Miguel Angel Nadal – Nadal like Puyol was as tough as they come hence his nickname ‘The Beast’. Played just under 500 games for Barca and would certainly relish the opportunity of looking after the flair players. 8
CB: Ronald Koeman – Prior to the recent triumphs in 2006 and 2009, Barca’s finest achievement was on a balmy night at Wembley in 1992 when they finally got their hands on the European Cup. It was the Dutchman who scored the only goal of the game with a trademark free-kick. Added craft to Nadal’s guile in the heart of defence. 8
LB: Sergi Barjuan– The attacking full-back was a regular for nearly a decade winning three La Liga medals in the process. 8
RM: Johann Cruyff – In his first season led Barcelona to their first league title since 1960 , scoring in the famous 5-0 victory over their arch enemy at the Bernabeau along the way. That, aside from a Copa Del Rey triumph in 1978, was the only honour he won at Barca, but his spell as player saw him win the hearts of the Barca faithful. 10
LM: Lionel Messi – Finally a true heir to Diego Maradona’s throne, a genius number 10. Only 26 but has done so much already – unbelievable. 10
CM: DiegoMaradona – Diego’s time at Barca may well have been brief, but then the best ever player to play the game is an automatic choice in any side. 10
CM: MichaelLaudrup – The conductor of the dream team managed by Johan Cruyff in the early 90s. Would create something out of nothing and feed the likes of Stoichkov and Romario, the latter calling him the best player he ever played with. He was so good he can just, but only just, be excused for moving to Real Madrid 9
ST: Ronaldo – Sadly now known as the ‘fat Ronaldo’. ‘El Fenomeno’ is a more appropriate moniker and whilst he only spent one season at the Camp Nou but it was an unbelievable season for the lightning quick goal machine. 10
CF: Romario – Recently described himself as the best ever Brazilian player with the exception of Pele. Whilst Garrincha or Zico may not agree, the diminutive and temperamental striker could certainly stake a claim. One-on-one he’s had few peers.9
Barcelona Total 98
Ajax’s Greatest XI
Edwin van der Sar: Dutch record international. Keeps it simple. Always on the right spot.
Willem Suurbier: Innovative attacking defender with great pace.
Frank Rijkaard: Energetic defender or midfielder with immense power.
Frank de Boer: Not quick but a great touch and a spectacular long pass.
Ruud Krol: Ahead of his time as a stylish libero. Started as a left back.
Johan Neeskens: Quintessential hard man, who surge into the box to score.
Edgar Davids: The Pitbull, who would never give up. Filling all the gaps.
Johan Cruyff: Excellent technique paired with a quick mind and great moves.
Dennis Bergkamp: Almost every goal he scored was a beauty.
Marco van Basten: Powerful, sometimes nasty topscorer who had everything a striker needs.
Piet Keizer: Sensational ball control with a deadly shot.
Ajax total: 99/110
So Ajax shade it, have Ajax got a chance tonight?