Paolo Maldini's elegance and defensive mastery for AC Milan.

Carles Puyol's fearless leadership and impeccable timing for Barcelona.

Franz Beckenbauer's revolutionary sweeper role for Bayern Munich.

John Terry's no-nonsense defending and aerial prowess for Chelsea.

Alessandro Nesta's immaculate positioning and reading of the game for AC Milan.

Fernando Hierro's leadership and versatility in defense for Real Madrid.