90min's Champions League 2021/22 team of the season

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It's fair to say some players put in all-time great Champions League performances this season.

From Thibaut Courtois' masterful final, to Karim Benzema's hat-trick vs Paris Saint-Germain, there have been some incredible individual displays.

But who put in the best? Well that's what we're here to find out with a Champions League team of the season brought to you by90min's 'Football Tackles' charity of the week: KLABU.

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GK - Thibaut Courtois - The man of the match in the final, Courtois was exceptional in the Champions League for Real Madrid. An all-round brilliant goalkeeper.

RB - Trent Alexander-Arnold - Three final appearances to his name and he's still only 23 years old. TAA proved time and time again this season that he's the best attacking right-back in the business.

CB - Virgil van Dijk - It's no surprise that Liverpool's resurgence both on the continent and domestically coincided with VVD's return from injury. A game-changer for the Reds.

CB - Pau Torres - At the heart of Villarreal's remarkable run to the semi-finals. He's been linked with every big club in Europe for a very good reason.

LB - Joao Cancelo - 2021/22 will go down as the season in which Cancelo really announced himself as one of the world's best full-backs. Sure he was good at Inter and Juventus before, but he hit a different level this season.

CM - Kevin De Bruyne - Probably the best midfielder in the world right now, De Bruyne was absolutely exceptional in the Champions League as Man City made it all the way to the semi-finals.

CM - Joshua Kimmich - Bayern endured a rather disappointing campaign in Europe - shockingly losing the quarter-finals to Villarreal - but no one can doubt how well Kimmich played. He is an unbelievable footballer.

CM - Luka Modric - It's insane that Modric is still this good at 36 years old. No footballer has ever been this good at his age ever.

RW - Mohamed Salah - He wasn't able to avenge Liverpool's defeat to Real Madrid back in 2018, but Salah still had a pretty great Champions League campaign - scoring eight goals in 13 games.

ST - Karim Benzema - The tournament's top scorer this season with 15 goals, Benzema surely bagged himself a first Ballon d'Or with his astonishing performances on the continent this season.

LW - Vinicius Junior - The breakout star of the 2021/22 season, Vinicius Jr was utterly brilliant, evening scoring the winner in the Champions League final.