The Union of European Football Associations “UEFA” announced the best Team of The Year 2017 on Thursday. A grand total of 8،779،639 votes were cast by supporters around the world، an increase of over 1.6 million on the previous year’s tally of 7.15 million. Players from the Spanish league dominated the final XI، with a total of six making the team. There was a record 12th appearance for Cristiano Ronaldo، with the Portuguese ace one of five players to be chosen from European champions Real Madrid CF. His team-mate Sergio Ramos received the most votes with 588،315.
The line-up is based on a 4-4-2 formation، which was by far the most popular system chosen by fans during the voting process with 459،797 selections. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus & Italy); Dani Alves (JuventusParis Saint-Germain & Brazil)، Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid CF & Spain)، Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus & Italy)، Marcelo (Real Madrid CF & Brazil); Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City FC & Belgium، Toni Kroos (Real Madrid CF & Germany)، Luka Modrić (Real Madrid CF & Croatia); Eden Hazard (Chelsea FC & Belgium; Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona & Argentina)، Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid CF & Portugal)
Below are some key facts from the 17th annual selection of the UEFA.com Fans’ Team of the Year:
The total number of 8،779،639 votes tops the previous record of 8.6 million cast in 2014.
798،149 unique users voted for their teams on UEFA.com.
UEFA Champions League winners، Real Madrid، have five players in the team: Cristiano Ronaldo، Sergio Ramos، Marcelo Vieira، Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.
The players led their team to a historic season winning five titles in one year for the first time in the club’s history. They won the UEFA Champions League، the Spanish League، the European Super Cup، the Spanish Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.
The team also included three players from the Juventus team who lost the Champions League final to Real Madrid.