By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
New Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo has named Lionel Messi in his best ever Champions League eleven but left out Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo.
Pirlo and Ronaldo will work together at Juventus next season after the legendary Italian midfielder replaced Mauricio Sarri.
However, when listing is best eleven players who have featured in Europe’s elite club competition, Pirlo has no place for Ronaldo.
Among those who made the list are Pirlo’s club and Azurri teammates Gianluigi Button, Filipo Inzaghi, Gennaro Gatusso, Fabio Cannavaro, Kaka and Paolo Maldini.
Other players included are Manchester United great Paul Scholes, former Barcelona and Spain star Xavi and ex-Bayern Munich and Germany skipper Philip Lahm.
During his playing career, Pirlo won two Champions Leagues, Serie A and FIFA Club World Cup at AC Milan.
He left Milan and joined rivals Juventus and also picked up the league title.
Also, he helped Italy emerged world champions at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.