UEFA.com has revealed its fans’ team of the year for 2018.
It was a particularly busy year in the sport with the World Cup also taking place alongside domestic action and UEFA’s signature tournament in the Champions League.
While some of those World Cup heroics were reflected in the selections released today, there are one or two notable names who missed out.
A massive 1.8 million votes were cast, with three Premier League representatives present, though none come from England on this occasion.
In goal for the first time is Marc-André ter Stegen of Barcelona, with three of the four defenders in front of him coming from rivals and Champions League winners Real Madrid.
Sergio Ramos and Marcelo made it, while teammate and World Cup winner Raphael Varane makes his first appearance. Joining them is Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk.
While the Dutchman didn’t play in Russia, his importance to Liverpool’s Champions League final run and excellent 2018 league form saw the Anfield hero get the nod and receive more votes than Varane.
Two Chelsea players round out the Premier League contingent in midfield.
N’Golo Kante’s role in France’s triumph and playing the joint most games (65 with his Chelsea teammate) in 2018 earned him 53% of the vote. Eden Hazard was voted in for the second time, with some decent domestic form and a starring role in Belgium’s campaign.
Of course, Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric completes the midfield trio.
Up front, France and PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe makes his team of the year bow, lining out alongside Lionel Messi (10th appearance), Europe’s top scorer for 2018, and Cristiano Ronaldo (13th), who became the first player to reach 400 goals in Europe’s top five leagues.