UEFA reveals European Team of the Year


Ahead of the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zurich on Jan. 11, UEFA has announced its Team of the Year for 2015.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo once again get the nod up top as Neymar completes the star-studded forward line.

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Plenty of the usual suspects are in the XI with reigning European champs Barcelona having five players (Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta, Messi, Neymar), while their Spanish rivals Real Madrid have three in the team (Sergio Ramos, James Rodriguez, Ronaldo).

Bayern Munich duo Manuel Neuer and David Alaba, plus Juventus’ Paul Pogba make up the remainder of the team and it’s hard to argue with the quality of this lineup.

The team was voted for by users of UEFA.com as Messi was selected in 70 percent of the teams, Alaba in 68 percent and Iniesta in 63 percent to make up the three most selected stars.

You can see the team in full below.

UEFA Team of the Year – 2015

Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)

Defenders: David Alaba (Bayern Munich), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Dani Alves (Barcelona), Gerard Pique (Barcelona)

Midfielders: Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Paul Pogba (Juventus), James Rodriguez (Real Madrid)

Forwards: Lionel Messi(Barcelona), Neymar (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)