FC Barcelona and Portugal playmaker Deco resisted the temptation to pick himself in his Team of the Year 2004. You can vote for the uefa.com users' Team of the Year until next Monday.
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus FC and Italy)
He is the most complete goalkeeper of the players nominated, perhaps the best in the world. He is so consistent and sets the standards for other goalkeepers to aim for.
Cafu (AC Milan and Brazil)
He is still the best in his position. He may be 34 but that is certainly not holding him back. He is reliable, consistent, and gets up and down the pitch so well.
Ashley Cole (Arsenal FC and England)
He is very assured in defence and good when he goes forward. He impressed me during UEFA EURO 2004™ and played very well against us when he marked Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ricardo Carvalho (Chelsea FC and Portugal)
For me it is simple: he is the best centre-back in the world. He was one of the key figures in Porto's success in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup and one of Portugal's stars at EURO 2004™.
Carles Puyol (FC Barcelona and Spain)
He is an indispensable player for my team. He is a quality player and also has great strength of character. He is an inspiration to his team-mates.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United FC and Portugal)
He is very young, but this is not so important as he has incredible strength. We already knew he was a talent and he had a great 2004 and I think he has a great future ahead of him.
Maniche (FC Porto and Portugal)
As with Carvalho, I think Maniche is the best in the world in his position. He came to the fore in EURO 2004™. He is a great playmaker and also scores vital goals. His contribution is invaluable. He is the heartbeat.
Pavel Nedved (Juventus FC and ex-Czech Republic)
The complete footballer...he attacks, he defends, he organises, he scores... he knows what football is all about. He was the talisman for the Czech Republic and was so instrumental in their developing into one of the best teams in the world.
Ronaldinho (FC Barcelona and Brazil)
I love this player.
Of all the players in the world, Ronaldinho is the one I like to see playing most and, of course, it is great to see him now from close range since I joined Barcelona. He's a matchwinner and does things that no one else can.
Adriano (FC Internazionale Milano and Brazil)
He is the strongest and most powerful striker. He has technical skills to envy and has great potential. Brazil have a whole new army of players and he is at the forefront of the new generation.
Thierry Henry (Arsenal FC and France)
The quickest and most powerful striker and he usually has goals in his body. Even in difficult games he can create something out of nothing. He is always a danger.
José Mourinho (ex-FC Porto, Chelsea FC)
I worked with him for a long time and because of this I know what he can do. He knows football, he understands players and he is a classy operator.
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