Ronaldo and Messi headline the 2017 UEFA Team of the Year

Ruben Hill
January 13, 2018

It is the pair's debut appearance in the line-up and they are the first Belgians to be voted into the Team of the Year while De Bruyne is the first City player to have made the XI.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo lead the 2017 UEFA Fans' Team of the Year, but Neymar has been left out for the second time in succession.

Over 798,000 individuals participated in the voting process with the bulk of traffic hailing from Europe (46%) followed by Asia (25%) and the age profile of the majority of the voters ranged from 18 to 34 years of age.

However, the Spurs and England forward was absent from the 2017 Team of the Year, voted for by football fans and tallied by UEFA.

Despite becoming the world's most expensive player when he moved from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for €222 million and thriving in Ligue 1, Neymar did not make the cut.

Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne and Chelsea's Eden Hazard have been named in UEFA's Team of the Year for 2017.

Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon was selected as the team's goalkeeper, with his teammate Giorgio Chiellini in the center-back spot.

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

Neymar might not have a place but his compatriot and PSG team-mate Dani Alves has been given a berth on the right. The 4-4-2 formation team has a magnificent backline comprising of Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Giorgio Chiellini and Dani Alves.

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