PHOTOS: Will this be the UEFA Team of the Year?

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar, Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann feature in this elite list.

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Bengaluru, Nov 22: UEFA on Monday, November 21 released the 40 men nomination of UEFA Team of the Year 2016.

Superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar, Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann feature in this elite list.

Out of 40 players, 19 footballers belong to the La Liga. the other 21 players feature from English Premier League, Serie A, Bundesliga and Premeira Division.

Portuguese custodian Rui Patricio features among the nominees. This is Patricio's first ever nomination in his career owing to his national side's triumph at the Euro 2016.

Here is a possible final XI of the UEFA Team of the Year as per our prediction

Keylor Navas (Image courtesy: Keylor Navas Twitter handle)

Keylor Navas was a key factor in Real Madrid's UEFA Champions League triumph last season. He has been a silent warrior for the Los Blancos and protected the goal well.

Sergio Ramos (Image courtesy: Real Madrid Twitter handle)

The Real Madrid has been instrumental for the club as well as the country in the backline. He is undoubtedly one of the best defenders in the world.

Gerard Pique (Image courtesy: Barcelona Twitter handle)

Like, Sergio Ramos, FC Barcelona's Gerard Pique too has been a standout performer for his club as well as his country.

Jerome Boateng (Image courtesy: FC Bayern Munich Twitter handle)

One of the finest defenders in the world at the moment, Bayern Munich and Germany's Jerome Boateng is likely to make into this team.

Riyad Mahrez (Image courtesy: Riyad Mahrez Twitter handle)

Riyad Mahrez was the best player in the English Premier League League last season and played a vital role in Leicester City's dream run in the league.

N'Golo Kante

Undoubtedly, the best central midfielder in the English Premier League last season, N'Golo Kante played a crucial role in Leicester City's triumph in the league.

Luka Modric (Image courtesy: Real Madrid Twitter handle)

Luka Modric has been a standout performer for Real Madrid for the past seasons. Regarded by several pundits as one of the most underrated midfielders in the world, Modric deserves a lion's share of Real Madrid's success. 

Dimitri Payet (Image courtesy: West Ham Twitter handle)

Dimitri Payet was the best player of West Ham United last season. The Hammers finished 7th in the English Premie League. He also performed brilliantly for France at Euro 2016.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo for obvious reasons gets into the UEFA Team of the Year 2016. He is also favourite to win the Ballon d'Or this time.

Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann's heroics helped Atletico Madrid and France national to reach the finals of UEFA Champions League and Euro 2016 final respectively. He was undoubtedly, one of the best players in the world last season.

Lionel Messi

One of the greatest players ever to grace the football field, Lionel Messi will obviously be a part of the UEFA Team of the Year. Last season, Messi had won the La Liga and Copa del Ray with FC Barcelona and reached the finals of Copa America 2016 with Argentina.


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