Five Liverpool players named in UEFA’s Team of the Year

Carrie Guzman
January 16, 2020

On Wednesday, European football's governing body named the XI, which is voted for by supporters.

Ronaldo reportedly came in fourth in voting among forwards, so UEFA chose to roll ahead with four forwards rather than just the trio of Messi, Liverpool's Sadio Mane and Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski.

Serie A champions Juventus are represented with two of their superstars, while Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski rounds of the formidable line-up. The Egyptian winger shared the Premier League Golden Boot alongside teammate Mane and also scored the opening goal in the Champions League final victory against Spurs.

"Competing head to head for so many years will be remembered forever".

Ronaldo's inclusion and the formation change came at the expense of Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante, according to ESPN sources. However, with the change of formation allowed UEFA to include the popular Ronaldo instead.

It is even understood that the initial announcement over the team was meant to be made public last week, but the Ronaldo decision and subsequent manoeuvring prompted a delay.

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DeRozan also collected eight rebounds and four assists while topping 20 points for the 11th straight game. The Raptors head to Oklahoma City on Wednesday then return home to host Washington on Friday.

UEFA have defended the Team of the Year, however, and explained that it is reflective of the voting polls and the players' achievements throughout the year.

UEFA have revealed the official Team of the Year for 2019, with two-time African Player of the Year Mohamed Salah one of the notable omissions.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus): Another stellar 12 months for the evergreen Ronaldo, who added maiden Serie A and Uefa Nations League titles to his already bulging trophy cabinet.

"As a result, there are five UEFA Champions League winners and four UEFA Nations League finalists".

Lined up in an offensive 4-2-4 formation, the hypothetical team's last line of defence would be Alisson who has enjoyed a memorable year.

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