Picking a Fantasy team is a delicate business – but if money was no object, who would get the nod for a combined XI from finalists FC Barcelona and Juventus?
There's very little between Barça's Marc-André ter Stegen and Juve's Gianluigi Buffon, but it's the German, in his first UEFA Champions League season, who gets the nod with 55 points to Buffon's 53. Both men have kept six clean sheets, however, so there really is little between them.
This is where it gets a little tricky as eight defenders have managed more points this season than the top-scoring midfielder – however, the maximum permitted for a Fantasy team is five. With that in mind, Juve's Giorgio Chiellini (58 points) and Leonardo Bonucci (56) are the first two picked, Barcelona trio Daniel Alves (55), Jordi Alba and Javier Mascherano (both 53) completing the back line in what has become a 5-2-3 formation.
The domination of defenders – and the points haul of the forwards – means space for only two midfielders, and as luck would have it it's one from each side. Barcelona's Ivan Rakitić has amassed 38 points, one more than Arturo Vidal of Juventus – both are in.
Up front is the most clear-cut selection you could wish for – with 79 points, Lionel Messi is a shoo-in. His Barcelona team-mate Neymar is the next highest-scoring forward on 57 points, with Juve's Carlos Tévez third on 53.
Performance this season
These 11 players would have brought you 594 points over the course of the season, without allowing for the double points from choosing a captain each matchday. By way of comparison, the current leaders, Pelikan and PAKO, are tied on 839 points.
Balance of the side
Seven Barcelona players; four from Juventus.
Could you do it?
In terms of costs of the starting XI, the players selected would set you back €89.5m: Ter Stegen is €6.0m, Chiellini, Bonucci, Daniel Alves, Jordi Alba, Mascherano are a combined €31.0m while Rakitić and Vidal will set you back €17.5m and €35m gets you Messi, Neymar and Tévez. However, according to the rules of the game you need an extra four players to fill out your squad and only €100m total to do it, so sacrifices would have to be made. Fantasy football is never easy…
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