World’s most expensive player Neymar Jr has been left out of the UEFA Fan’s Team of the Year but Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City are included to represent the Premier League.
Hazard is voted as the third member of an attacking trident in a team dominated by Real Madrid stars after Zinedine Zidane’s men retained the Champions League and beat Barca to winning LaLiga last year.
Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric join Ronaldo in the team, while Messi is the only Barcelona player to feature.
Although Neymar did not receive enough votes to make the team, his Brazil and PSG team-mate Dani Alves is in, with veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon – included for the fifth time – joined by his Juventus colleague Giorgio Chiellini.
De Bruyne’s sparkling performance for Manchester City earned him a place in the team for the first time.
The total number of 8,779,639 votes for the 2017 UEFA Fans’ Team of the Year is a record, with 798,149 unique users taking part.
UEFA.com Fans’ Team of the Year 2017 in full:
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus & Italy); Dani Alves (Juventus/Paris Saint-Germain & Brazil), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid & Spain), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus & Italy), Marcelo (Real Madrid & Brazil); Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City & Belgium, Toni Kroos (Real Madrid & Germany), Luka Modric (Real Madrid & Croatia); Eden Hazard (Chelsea & Belgium; Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal).