Published: Thu, January 16, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

UEFA changed Team of Year formation to include Ronaldo

UEFA changed Team of Year formation to include Ronaldo

The European governing body revealed their XI of 2019 as voted by fans on Wednesday.

It is worth noting that, in five of the past six years, the formation used was that of the 4-3-3, with the exception coming in 2017, when 4-4-2 was used.

Sadio Mane is the other Liverpool player in the line-up, part of a front four completed by Messi, Ronaldo and Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool): The Uefa Men's Player of the Year and Champions League Defender of the Season was man of the match in the final, then finished runner-up for both the Best Fifa Men's Player award and Ballon d'Or.

This followed after Ronaldo ended fourth in the forwards' category, behind Lewandowski, Mane and Messi, with the latter pair being shifted to the wings in the Team of the Year.

It is the Portuguese's inclusion however, that has left many scratching their head. In fact, that UEFA officials delayed the unveiling of the side by a decade; As per the Daily Mail, to manoeuvre the Juventus star in the side.

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Chelsea's N'Golo Kante was the player to miss out, despite being the midfielder who received the third most votes.

Mike Keegan of the Daily Mail reports that change was made by UEFA with one specific goal in mind: prevent Ronaldo from missing the team for the first time since 2006.

UEFA have defended the Team of the Year, however, and explained that it is reflective of the voting polls and the players' achievements throughout the year.

Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo was included for a record 14th time after helping Portugal to win the inaugural edition of the UEFA Nations League.

"As a result, there are five Champions League winners and four finalists from the Nations League, including one victor".

Lined up in an offensive 4-2-4 formation, the hypothetical team's last line of defence would be Alisson who has enjoyed a memorable year.

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