With the year at a close and Uefa releasing another terrible team of the year, let’s correct it as usual.
GK: Gigi Buffon
Easy one here. No matter how good De Gea is, Buffon did have a great year for Juventus. He reached another champions league final and won domestic double. He was part of another brilliant Juventus team that continues to perform at the highest level. Buffon might be retiring soon, but will be remembered as the best keeper of all time.
RB: Dani Carvahal
The best right back in the world and one of the most consistent players on the planet takes his place in the squad. Many just choose Dani Alves because of his name, not his quality. Carvahal takes his place with ease, being one of Madrid’s best players this year.
RCB: Sergio Ramos
He is here for being himself. Ramos has an amazing ability to perform at the perfect moment. He scored 11 goals last season, and while Madrid haven’t been good enough this season, winning another champions league deserves a mention for the captain.
CB: Georgio Chiellini
Bonucci would have been here, hadn’t his move to Milan not happened. So Chiellini, the other part of a partnership takes his place in the middle. Chiellini isn’t as intelligence at reading the game as his Italian counterpart, but with his pace and tough tackling, he deserves a place for keeping out some great attackers in the champions league.
LB: Marcus Alonso
Okay here me out. While Marcelo will be most people’s choice, Alonso has had one brilliant year. He has proven to be the best left back in the premier league and added a premier league medal last season. He’s continued his blistering form this season, scoring 5 goals already. He’s owned the left side for Chelsea and deserves more credit.
DM: Thiago Alcantara
Thiago took his game to another level last year. He finally stopped getting those pesky injuries and consistently showed his quality going forward, and surprisingly defensively. Thiago has turned from a good creator into an all around midfielder, a main stay in a team full of quality players.
RCM: Kevin De Bryune
While I have said complained about Pogba not earning enough credit when he producing just as good as the Belgian this season, during the whole year De Bryune has been sensational. He quietly finished the season with 18 assists, the joint third best in league history, and has helped city start the season with a huge bang. He has the joint most assists this season as well and just keeps getting better even adding defensive work to his game. Another great season from the magician.
LCM: Luka Modric
The best midfielder of all time is obviously getting into this team. Even with age he keeps getting better. Not much needs to be said, since it’s Luka Modric and everyone is aware of his greatness.
AM: Lionel Messi
Not a question. Another year another 50 goals from Messi, if it wasn’t for a certain Spurs player he would be top as usual of the goalscoring charts for Europe. The best of all time will always get a place in this team.
RS: Kylian Mbappe
The breakout star of 2017 did have one hell of a year. He is the highest scoring teenager in champions league history, the first unofficial £100m player, and won Monaco their first league title for a long time. No matter how much I wanted to put Cavani here, I just couldn’t overlook the best young player since Messi.
LS: Harry Kane
The top scorer in Europe easily gets into this team. He added another level to his game in 2017, being the amount of shots he takes. He takes the same amount of shots as Messi and Ronaldo, meaning he’s at an elite level of centre forwards. He also scored 7 hat tricks in 2017. That is just absolutely insane. He is now Tottenham’s top scorer, overtaking Sheringham in 102 games less. No one can argue with the quality of Kane at this point. He takes his place up front.