Having won the Champions League for the third consecutive season, Real Madrid are well represented in the UEFA Team of the Year with nine players, plus Cristiano Ronaldo – who has since departed for Juventus.
The voting on UEFA’s website is open to the public and the team is selected by the fans, who can vote from this Monday until January 11, 2019, when the chosen players will be announced.
The panel, composed of UEFA’s website editorial team as well as various other journalists, selected 50 candidates (five goalkeepers, 15 defenders, 15 midfielders and 15 forwards).
Real Madrid have representation through Keylor Navas, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Raphael Varane, Casemiro, Isco, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Ronaldo, who of course is now in Italy with Juventus.
Barcelona‘s nominees are Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti, Ivan Rakitic, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid have six players nominated for the Team of the Year, starting with goalkeeper Jan Oblak, before moving on to Jose Maria Gimenez, Diego Godin, Lucas Hernandez, Saul Niguez and Antoine Griezmann.
The full list
– Goalkeepers: Allison Becker (Roma/Liverpool), Hugo loris (Tottenham), Keylor Navas (Real Madrid), Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona).
– Defenders: Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Jose Maria Gimenez, Diego Godin, Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli), Kostas Manolas (Roma), Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), John Stones (Manchester City), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool).
– Midfielders: Casemiro, Isco, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva (Manchester City), Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), James Milner (Liverpool), Saul (Atletico Madrid), Dmitri Payet, Florian Thauvin (Marseille), Miralem Pjanic (Juventus), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona).
– Forwards: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar (PSG), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Edin Dzeko (Roma), Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Juventus).