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Ronaldo, Messi, Rooney in ‘City squad’

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Officials of Greek club Aris Thessaloniki were left red-faced when they mistakenly published a spoof photo of the Manchester City squad in the programme for the teams' Europa League match on Thursday.

The mocked-up City squad contained 80 players, most added digitally, including Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi and, bizarrely, the 'Where's Wally?' character.

The mix-up occurred after Aris's editorial team, searching the internet for a City team photo, happened upon a mocked-up version shown on the Guardian's website, poking fun at City's sizeable ambitions in the transfer market, and believed it was the real squad.

Although City's delegation saw the funny side, embarrassed Aris directors withdrew the programme before it could go on general sale. The club's press officer merely said there had been a "big problem".

A small number of programmes found their way into fans' hands, and are retailing on auction side eBay at over £50.

The real City squad drew 0-0 in their Europa League last 32 first leg.

Can you spot the following players?

Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, Xavi, Diego Forlan, Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba, Wesley Sneijder, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wally (a.k.a. Francesco Toldo)

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Messi - second top row, far right 
Rooney - second top row, third from left
Xavi - top row, far right
Forlan - top row, second from left
Kaka - second top row, fourth from left
Ronaldo - second top row, third from right
Drogba - fourth top row, fifth from right
Sneijder - fourth top row, far left
Ibrahimovic - third top row, fourth from right
Wally - you probably don't need telling, do you?

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