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UEFA's 'Team of the Century' has caused a huge stir on Twitter

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It’s that time of the year to reflect on the football year that’s been.

Cristiano Ronaldo recently won FIFA’s The Best award following an exceptional 2017, and is widely expected to add the Ballon d’Or on December 7.

The finest goal of 2017 was awarded to Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud, who earned the Puskas Award with that stunning scorpion kick against Crystal Palace in January.

UEFA will release their Team of the Year next week and to whet the appetite, they have created an XI that features the players who have appeared in the annual star-studded team the most.

It’s being considered UEFA’s 'Team of the Century' - and it’s certainly sparked debate among football fans.

Check out the team below.

GK | Iker Casillas | 6 appearances

FC Porto v Deportivo La Coruna - Pre-Season Friendly

RB | Sergio Ramos | 6 appearances

Real Madrid v Las Palmas - La Liga

CB | Gerard Pique | 5 appearances


CB | Carles Puyol | 6 appearances

Barcelona´s captain and defender Carles

LB | Philipp Lahm | 5 appearances


CM | Steven Gerrard | 3 appearances

Sydney FC v Liverpool FC

CM | Xavi | 5 appearances

FC Barcelona v Club Leon - Joan Gamper Trophy

CM | Andres Iniesta | 6 appearances

Spain v Costa Rica - International Friendly

RW | Cristiano Ronaldo | 11 appearances


ST | Lionel Messi | 8 appearances

Athletic Club v Barcelona - La Liga

LW | Thierry Henry | 5 times

Toronto FC v New York Red Bulls

Where's Ronaldinho?

Some team, that. Not one player finished their career without hoisting the Champions League trophy at least once.

Yet, not everyone completely agrees with UEFA’s picks.

As mentioned earlier, the team is made up of the players who have appeared in UEFA’s Team of the Year the most.

That’s why Ronaldinho, who made three appearances, and Dani Alves, four, both miss out, despite being considered among the best players in their respective positions.


Still, the fact that UEFA’s team omits Ronaldinho, and appears to settle the Gerrard/Frank Lampard/Paul Scholes debate, hasn’t gone down well on Twitter.

Check out the reaction below.

Looking ahead to next week’s Team of the Year announcement, it’s likely the XI will feature several Real Madrid players.

Los Blancos are currently 10 points behind Barcelona in the league having lost twice already, but they are coming off the back of a memorable campaign in which Ronaldo and co. lifted the La Liga and Champions League trophies.

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