Chelsea forward Eden Hazard and Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne have been named in 2017’s UEFA Fans’ team of the Year. Hazard and De Bruyne are joined by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Luka Modric.
More than 8.7million users voted their selections and picked a star-studded UEFA Fans’ team of the Year. Team has been picked to play in a 4-3-3 setup with Hazard and Messi guarding the wings while Cristiano Ronaldo playing as the lone striker.
Behind them sees the impeccable midfield trio of Luka Modric, Tony Kroos and Kevin De Bruyne. Kroos is one of the best holding midfielders with Modric and De Bruyne pulling the creative string for 2017’s UEFA Team of the Year.
6 La Liga Players in UEFA Team of the Year
It is rarely a surprise to see that La Liga has once again dominated UEFA’s Team of the Year with Real Madrid winning the Champions League and La Liga in 2017. Real Madrid see Kroos, Modric, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, and Cristiano Ronaldo in the 2017 UEFA Team of the Year.
Furthermore, Lionel Messi is the sixth and final player from La Liga in UEFA team of the year for 2017. Champions League finalists Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini and Dani Alves also get a place in UEFA’s team of the year for 2017.
Dani Alves later left Juventus and has gone on to play very well for PSG since his summer move to Ligue 1. As for the Premier League representatives, Hazard and De Bruyne enjoyed a successful 2017 with loads of goals and assists and many match-winning performances.
UEFA Team of the Year 2017 – Gianluigi Buffon, Dani Alves, Sergio Ramos, Giorgio Chiellini, Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Kevin De Bruyne, Luka Modric, Eden Hazard, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo
Players who missed out on the honor
Although it is hard to debate the inclusion of any of these 11 players in UEFA’s team of the year for 2017 but likes of David De Gea, Kylian Mbappe, and Paulo Dybala must feel hard done by the eventual call.
De Gea won the Europa League title with Man United while Mbappe had a smashing year with AS Monaco which saw him join PSG last summer. Meanwhile, Dybala guided Juventus to the Champions League final last season and has continued in the same momentum this season as well.