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2015-16 European Team of the Season so far.

2015-16 European Team of the Season so far

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It’s been a fascinating first half of the season in Europe’s top five leagues to say the least.

Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain pretty much have the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 titles wrapped up already, while there’s very little to separate Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

Over in Italy, meanwhile, as many as six clubs could potentially win the Scudetto - Inter, Fiorentina, Napoli, Juventus, AS Roma and AC Milan are separated by eight points - and as for the Premier League, well, that’s been nothing short of bonkers.

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We’re now at the halfway point in the season and it’s time to take a closer look at which players from Europe’s top leagues deserve their place in a combined European XI.

Scroll down this page to see the XI - compiled by WhoScored - and don’t forget to leave your comments in the box below. You might be surprised to see that neither Lionel Messi nor Cristiano Ronaldo feature.

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Goalkeeper: Heurelho Gomes | Watford

WhoScored rating: 7.3

A surprise entry in the goalkeeper’s position: it’s the previously much-maligned Brazilian Heurelho Gomes.

Watford v Norwich City - Premier League

The 34-year-old has been a rock for Watford this season and has kept more clean sheets (8) than any other keeper in the Premier League.

Right-back: Serge Aurier | PSG

WhoScored rating: 7.8

The attack-minded Serge Aurier has scored two goals and provided one assist from the right full-back position in Ligue 1 this season.

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Watching his performances over the past few months, it’s not difficult to see why PSG were so determined to sign him on a permanent deal earlier this year.

Centre-back: Thiago Silva | PSG

WhoScored rating: 7.5

PSG have only conceded nine goals in Ligue 1 this season and Thiago Silva is partly responsible for that excellent defensive record.

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The Brazilian remains one of the world’s best central defenders.

Centre-back: Diego Godin | Atletico Madrid

WhoScored rating: 7.5

Atletico Madrid have only conceded eight goals in La Liga so far this season, but you can guarantee Diego Simeone’s men would have shipped more if it wasn’t for their talismanic centre-back Diego Godin.

Club Atletico de Madrid v Athletic Club - La Liga

The Uruguayan is a tremendous leader and ultra consistent, making him arguably the world’s best central defender at this moment in time.

Left-back: Marcelo | Real Madrid

WhoScored rating: 7.7

Due to the superstar names plying their trade at the Bernabeu, Marcelo often slips under the radar.

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However, the Brazilian is undoubtedly one of the world’s best left-backs and has been the standout player in his position so far this season.

Right-wing: Riyad Mahrez | Leicester City

WhoScored rating: 8.4

Jamie Vardy may have taken the majority of the plaudits at Leicester City this season, but it could be argued that Riyad Mahrez has been even more impressive than his teammate over recent months.

Everton v Leicester City - Premier League

Thirteen goals and seven assists is a phenomenal return from the Algerian. How long will Leicester be able to keep him at the King Power Stadium?

Midfield: Mesut Ozil | Arsenal

WhoScored rating: 7.8

Mesut Ozil has re-established his status as European football’s assist king at the start of this season.

Norwich City v Arsenal - Premier League

We’ve not even entered 2016 yet but the Arsenal playmaker has already set up 15 goals for his teammates in the Premier League alone this term.

Midfield: Thomas Muller | Bayern Munich

WhoScored rating: 7.7

Perhaps a little surprisingly, it’s Thomas Muller and not Robert Lewandowski who is Bayern Munich’s sole representative in this European XI.

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The Germany international is currently enjoying another fantastic season at the Allianz Arena, with 14 goals and three assists to his name already.

Left-wing: Neymar | Barcelona

WhoScored rating: 8.8

Neymar has been magnificent this season, netting 14 goals and providing five assists for Barcelona in La Liga alone.

River Plate v FC Barcelona - FIFA Club World Cup Final

The Brazilian superstar will be on the podium for the Ballon d’Or next month and it would be no surprise if he pips Cristiano Ronaldo to second place behind Lionel Messi.

Striker: Gonzalo Higuain | Napoli

WhoScored rating: 7.8

Gonzalo Higuain is one of the few strikers in world football who guarantees goals.

Atalanta BC v SSC Napoli - Serie A

In 17 league appearances this term, the Argentina international has found the net 16 times and set up two more for his Napoli teammates.

Striker: Zlatan Ibrahimovic | PSG

WhoScored rating: 8.1

Zlatan Ibrahimovic recently said that ‘like a fine wine he gets better with age’ and it’s hard to disagree.

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The 34-year-old has scored 15 goals in 14 Ligue 1 appearances this season and continues to light up European football with his penchant for the spectacular.

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