You voted in your droves – a record of nearly 8.8 million, in fact – and on Thursday morning we revealed the fans’ Team of the Year 2017. Now it’s time to dig a little deeper.


Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus & Italy)

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  • Picked for a fifth time and now just one behind leading keeper Casillas
  • At 39, Buffon extends record as oldest ever player to make the team

Defender: Dani Alves (Juventus/Paris & Brazil)

  • Draws level with Piqué and Lahm on five selections
  • Has previously been picked while at both Sevilla and Barcelona

Defender: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid & Spain)

  • Received more votes than any other player for second season running
  • Has made the final XI seven times, outright record for a defender

Defender: Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus & Italy)

Giorgio Chiellini is included for the first time

Giorgio Chiellini is included for the first time©AFP/Getty Images

  • First inclusion after missing out in four previous years nominated
  • Second straight appearance for a Juve defender (Bonucci in 2016)

Defender: Marcelo (Real Madrid & Brazil)

  • First appearance since 2011, only other time he was nominated
  • Received second-most overall votes, only behind Ramos

Midfielder: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City & Belgium)

  • One of two Belgians chosen – a country never previously represented
  • First Manchester City player to have made the XI

Midfielder: Toni Kroos (Real Madrid & Germany)

Toni Kroos has been in three of the last four teams

Toni Kroos has been in three of the last four teams©AFP/Getty Images

  • One of six midfielders picked three times, two shy of Xavi, one behind Iniesta
  • Sixth year running that at least one German figures in all-star side

Midfielder: Luka Modrić (Real Madrid & Croatia)

  • Included for second straight year following debut appearance in 2016
  • Only Croatian ever voted into the Team of the Year

Midfielder: Eden Hazard (Chelsea & Belgium)

  • First Chelsea player selected since Ashley Cole in 2010
  • Chosen after missing the cut on three previous occasions

Forward: Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina)

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Watch every one of Messi’s 100 European goals

  • Makes grade for a ninth time – only Ronaldo has more inclusions
  • Received third-most votes, behind only Ramos and Marcelo

Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal)

  • Selected for a record 12th time overall – three more than any other player
  • Eleventh consecutive year: four as midfielder (2007–10), seven in attack

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