Ronaldo, Messi, Hazard, others make UEFA Team of the Year for 2018

The Union of European Football Association (UEFA) have named their full squad for Team of the Year for 2018.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi led the pack of the starting line up with a 4-3-3 formation comprising players in the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1.

Players from Barcelona and Real Madrid dominated the list while Liverpool, Chelsea, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain filled the other slots.

Barca’s shot-stopper Marc Andre ter Stegen was in goal as Real Madrid’s Marcelo and Sergio Ramos were drafted into the wing-back positions.

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Real’s Raphael Varane and Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk hold the the central-defensive role while Luka Modric and Chelsea’s duo of N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard will man the three-man midfield.

The attacking trio was led by the five-time Ballon d’Or winners Ronaldo and Messi with France wonderkid Kylian Mbappe completing the first XI.

Ronaldo and Messi for the first time in ten years missed out in this season’s Ballon d’Or award which was deservedly earned by Modric.

The Croatian international had a brilliant year for club and country, winning the Champions League and leading his country to the World Cup finals last summer.

Kante, Mbappe and Varane were World Cup winners with Les Bleus while Hazard led his country to a third place finish at the biggest football showpiece.

Madrid duo Marcelo and Ramos were part of Zinedine Zidane’s squad that won a third consecutive Champions League title.

On the other hand, the most expensive defender in the world Van Dijk, had a stunning year with Liverpool, leading them to the Champions League final and topping the table.

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