First XI

The greatest teams ever

January 20, 2011
By Robin Hackett
Barcelona have taken a record 52 points from the first half of the season, winning 17 out of their 19 games in La Liga.

In Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta, they boasted all three shortlisted players for the FIFA Ballon d'Or and the current side, including the Champions League-winning predecessors of 2006 and 2009, are now certain of their place in the pantheon of the all-time great teams.

ESPNsoccernet selects a list of some of the greatest sides of their eras.

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