Serie A Team of the Decade: Gianluigi Buffon & Gonzalo Higuain in but no Cristiano Ronaldo

Handanovic, Lichtsteiner and Maggio weren’t the only players to narrowly miss out on inclusion in defence.

Napoli colossus Kalidou Koulibaly went desperately close to breaking up the ‘BBC’, while Davide Astori and Francesco Acerbi were also in the discussion for defensive inclusions.

Arturo Vidal, Allan, Daniele De Rossi, Paul Pogba and Miralem Pjanic were all contenders in midfield, with Kwadwo Asamoah and Alex Sandro challenging Lulic for the berth on the left flank.

Up front, meanwhile, Higuain and Di Natale had to hold off fierce competition from Mauro Icardi, Dries Mertens, Rodrigo Palacio, Alejandro Gomez, Josip Ilicic, Paulo Dybala and Edinson Cavani.

Cristiano Ronaldo might be the biggest name to have played in the league over the last 10 years, and despite helping Juventus to their eighth straight Scudetti, it would be unfair to select the Portuguese on reputation alone after just one season in Italy.



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