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Ronaldinho’s Champions League dream team XI revealed including Arsenal icon Thierry Henry and three Chelsea legends

PARTY-ANIMAL Ronaldinho celebrated his 40th birthday with a monster BBQ… in prison.

The Brazil legend is currently behind bars for allegedly using a fake passport to enter Paraguay.

Ronaldinho’s all-time Champions League XI, revealed

Down the years, Ronaldinho has enjoyed some incredible birthday bashes, including his 26th – when he partied until 6am – and his 32nd, which lasted five days and cost tens of thousands of pounds.

This year was a more tame affair…

But to celebrate his milestone birthday, we’ve taken a look back at his favourite all-time Champions League XI.

Picking the team back in 2015, the happy trickster couldn’t resist a strong Brazilian flavour.

Check out who makes the cut, and who doesn’t, below – with only one of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi named…

GK – Gianluigi Buffon

Gianluigi Buffon is in line to land a new contract at Juventus to take him into his 19th season with the club
Gianluigi Buffon is the main man between the sticks for Ronaldinho

QUITE possibly the greatest goalkeeper of all-time, Buffon is still going – back at Juventus – at the age of 42.

Buffon has made 117 Champions League appearances, keeping 47 clean sheets in his glittering career.

Incredibly never won the tournament as Juventus’ quest for a first crown since 1995-96 continues.

RB – Cafu

Cafu won the World Cup twice - including captaining the side to glory in 2002
Cafu is Ronaldinho’s choice at right-back

RONALDINHO’S former Brazil team-mate, Roma and AC Milan legend Cafu gets the nod at right-back.

He played 54 times in Europe’s elite competition across six seasons in Italy and won the title in 2006-07.

CB – John Terry

John Terry starts in defence for Ronaldinho’s team

JT played 109 times across 13 seasons in the Champions League – finally winning the title in 2010-11.

The England legend knows all about Ronaldinho too, having scored a late goal to cancel out the Brazilian’s stunning strike in the 2005 last-16 tie at Stamford Bridge.

CB – Paolo Maldini

Paolo Maldini played for AC Milan for 25 years
Paolo Maldini played for AC Milan for 25 years

ARGUABLY the greatest centre-half to ever lace up a pair of boots, Maldini was famously the defender who “never tackled”.

Maldini played in EIGHT Champions League (and European Cup) finals – winning five – including bouncing back from losing the Miracle of Istanbul in 2005 to beat the same Liverpool side two years later.

LB – Roberto Carlos

Roberto Carlos gets the nod in Ronaldinho’s XI at left-back

ADDING to the Samba vibe is left-footed, free-kick god Roberto Carlos.

The Brazilian played 103 times in the Champions League with Real Madrid and Fenerbahce, winning twice with the LaLiga giants.

CM – Frank Lampard

Chelsea icon Frank Lampard even got his hands on the Champions League
Frank Lampard won the Champions League in 2010-11

THE second of three Chelsea player on the list, Lampard makes the cut over the likes of Xavi and Andres Iniesta – the Brazilian’s former Barcelona team-mates – in the team.

Lampard, now boss at Chelsea, played 105 times in the Champions League, winning the 2010-11 trophy to boot.

CAM – Kaka

Kaka celebrates Champions League success in Athens in 2007
Kaka celebrates Champions League success in Athens in 2007

MAKING the XI ahead of the likes of Zinedine Zidane is Brazilian tormentor Kaka

The attacking midfielder was at his peak in the mid-00s, during his time at AC Milan and Real Madrid – but won just one title, the 2006-07 triumph.

CM – Claude Makelele

Claude Makelele paved the way for the likes of N’Golo Kante to thrive

BEFORE N’Golo Kante came on the scene, Makelele was the man making CDM sexy again – with the position even known as “The Makelele Role” to this day.

During his time at Chelsea and Real Madrid, the Frenchman played 84 times in the Champions League, winning the crown in 2001-02.

RW – Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi with his third Champions League medal, won at Wembley in 2011
Lionel Messi with his third Champions League victory, won at Wembley in 2011

RONALDINHO assisted Messi for his first-ever professional goal – and the pair tore things up in Spain for years afterwards.

A man who needs no introduction, Messi has made 141 Champions League appearances to date, winning four titles across 16 seasons.

ST – Ronaldo

Ronaldo never won the Champions League with Real Madrid
Ronaldo never won the Champions League with Real Madrid

THE “original”, Brazilian Ronaldo makes the team in place of Cristiano…

Ronaldo played 40 times in the Champions League with Real Madrid and Barcelona, scoring 14 times but never winning the trophy…

Spent many years with Inter Milan, then in the Europa League.

LW – Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry won the Champions League with Barcelona
Thierry Henry won the Champions League with Barcelona

FINISHING off the XI is Arsenal legend Henry.

The Gunners hero played 73 times in the Champions league, scoring 35 times – but never won the trophy with Arsenal, before finally winning towards the end of his career in Barcelona.

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