UCL fans' top-five: Thiago, PSG stars occupy top spots

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After each Champions League week, Sport360 brings you the best five players from the UEFA Champions League, as chosen by you the supporters through our ValoraFutbol fan ratings tool.

YOU have direct influence on who appears in each top-five, so be sure to rate each weekend.

What do you make of this week’s ratings?

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THIAGO ALCANTARA (BAYERN MUNCHEN) – 8.2

A ruthless first-leg performance at home from Bayern came courtesy of Thiago Alcantara, who put on an excellent display in midfield.

His passes were both productive and penetrative, while two goals and an assist for Thomas Mueller, who badly needed a goal, summed up a perfect outing for Thiago.

He might have been a bit lucky with the second goal, but overall led the charge for his team and made his manager one happy man.

ANGEL DI MARIA (PARIS SAINT GERMAIN) – 7.8

Let’s call it perfect birthday celebrations, Angel Di Maria certainly couldn’t have dreamt of a better night, that too against a full-strength Barcelona side.

An accurate free-kick to open the scoring for PSG and then a curling finish in the second half, beating Andre ter Stegen saw a man of the match display from Di Maria.

Some way to celebrate your 29th birthday!

MARCO VERRATTI (PARIS SAINT GERMAIN) – 7.7

With Andres Iniesta on the pitch, many would not have expected Verratti to outshine the Spaniard. But PSG’s 4-0 routing of Barcelona was orchestrated by Verratti who was decisive throughout his time of the field.

Chances created, assists, tackles, passing accuracy; Verratti ran the show on the night.

Whether it was shielding the ball when in possession or stealing it from a fellow opponent, Verratti was top-notch. His role was instrumental in PSG thrashing Barcelona.

ADRIEN RABIOT (PARIS SAINT GERMAIN) – 7.6

Against Barcelona, was a night PSG’s game plan was executed to perfection and among the many characters that made it possible for them was Adrien Rabiot.

Passing, making runs and winning the ball for the team, Rabiot made it even tougher for Barcelona.

Whether in the final third or his own half, Rabiot made some fabulous moves that resulted in either his team looking dangerous, or his team retaining possession.

JULIAN DRAXLER (PARIS SAINT GERMAIN) 7.5

Scored a goal and generally looked lethal in attack, Julian Draxler was also superb for his side.

He caused Sergi Roberto plenty of headache throughout the game and the kind of finish he produced for his goal spoke volumes of his ability.

All in all, Draxler too came to the party, which turned out to be quite a heavy one for him and his team-mates.

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Ten unlikely Champions League winners

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What do footballers such as Jonathan Greening, Florent Sinama Pongolle and Valerio Fiori have in common? Other than the fact that most neutral fans would struggle to remember them, they all have Champions League winners' medals.

Greening, the former Manchester United player, said he felt like a "fraud" for receiving a winners' medal, as he played a grand total of zero minutes in Europe during United's Champions League success in 1998/99, the Treble season. But many players have been awarded with a medal without making any significant contributions to their team's triumph.

The list also includes players most fans wouldn't expect to have won the Champions League, such as former Liverpool goalkeeper Scott Carson. That's right, the error-prone keeper best known for his howler against Croatia that led to England failing to qualify for Euro 2008, has a winners' medal in his cabinet, as he was on the Liverpool books during the Reds' 2004/05 win.

Who else made Copa90's top ten? Watch the video to find out!
Is there any other unlikely Champions League winner you remember?








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UCL IN PICS: Bayern blow Arsenal away, Real take upper-hand

Sport360 staff 16/02/2017

Bayern Munich routed Arsenal 5-1 in their Champions League last 16 first leg clash on Wednesday thanks to a blistering spell of three goals in 10 second-half minutes.

Arjen Robben opened the scoring after just 11 minutes at the Allianz Arena when the Dutchman beat Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina with a fine left-foot strike into the top corner.

Chile international Alexis Sanchez levelled for Arsenal on the half-hour, hitting in a rebound at the second attempt after he had a controversial penalty saved by Manuel Neuer.

[inlinescript3] But Robert Lewandowski restored the German side's lead after 53 minutes, heading in a cross from Philipp Lahm with Thiago Alcantara adding a third just three minutes later.
Thiago piled on the misery for Arsene Wenger's men with his second and Bayern's fourth just after the hour with substitute Thomas Mueller adding a fifth two minutes from time. Madrid battle back to beat Napoli Real Madrid came from behind to beat Napoli 3-1 in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie at the Santiago Bernabeu. Lorenzo Insigne gave the Italians an early lead but Karim Benzema equalised in the 18th minute, before Toni Kroos and Casemiro both scored early in the second half for the holders.

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