Lionel Messi, Ronaldo, Buffon Named In UEFA Team Of The Year

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were both named in the team of the year released by UEFA on Thursday, Daliy Mail reports

But there was a surprise as no place was given to Paris Saint-Germain ace Neymar in the line-up, despite a year in which he made a record-breaking transfer from Barcelona.

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard was selected ahead of him on the left wing, while there was further representation for the Premier League as Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne features on the right.

The centre of midfield is being run by a Real Madrid axis of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.

There’s also a Real flavour to the defence. Sergio Ramos is in at centre back while Marcelo is on the left.

Neymar might not have a place but his compatriot and PSG team-mate Dani Alves has been given a berth on the right.

And while there have been disappointments for both club and country in 2017, Gianluigi Buffon will be happy to have been selected between the sticks.

There was further shock at some of the other players who missed out.

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea had an exceptional calendar year, capped off by the game against Arsenal, but was not selected.

And others were surprised at the lack of a place for midfielder N’Golo Kante after a second straight Premier League title.

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