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Greatest Players in Champions League History (Part 3)

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13. Steven Gerrard He will likely retire without a Premier League winners’ medal, but in the 2004-05 season Steven Gerrard delivered one of the most inspired Champions League performances in the tournament’s history. With Liverpool trailing 3-0 to AC Milan […]

13. Steven Gerrard

He will likely retire without a Premier League winners’ medal, but in the 2004-05 season Steven Gerrard delivered one of the most inspired Champions League performances in the tournament’s history.

With Liverpool trailing 3-0 to AC Milan in Istanbul, the club captain began the comeback with a goal nine minutes after the restart and then won the penalty for Xabi Alonso’s equaliser just six minutes later. The Reds went on to lift a fifth European Cup on penalties.

Two years later, Gerrard took Liverpool to another Champions League Final, although this time Milan got the better of them, winning 2-1 in Athens.

12. Alessandro Nesta

Alessandro Nesta’s European CV is impressive.

During his time at Lazio, the defender won the UEFA Cup, Winners’ Cup and Super Cup and finished runners-up to Inter Milan in the 1998 UEFA Cup.

But it was at AC Milan that he tasted Champions League glory, helping the Rossoneri to titles in 2003 and 2007.

11. Edwin van der Sar

In 1994-95, Edwin van der Sar kept eight clean sheets from 11 matches as Ajax won the European Cup for a fourth time.

He won another Champions League crown with Manchester United in 2008, defeating Chelsea on penalties, and appeared in two other finals—in 2009 and 2011.

In the 2011 game against Barcelona, he was the second-oldest player to play in a Champions League final, next to Dino Zoff.

10. Andrea Pirlo

You get the feeling Andrea Pirlo’s Champions League exploits are far from over.

A European Cup winner with AC Milan in 2003 and 2005, the Italy international seems to have only gotten better with age, and at 34, he remains the most important player at Antonio Conte’s Juventus.

This spring, he won a second successive Scudetto with the Bianconeri, meaning he’ll be part of a Champions League favourite again next season.