EA Sports unveil their 55 nominees for FIFA 20's Team of the Year

  • Kobe Tong

FIFA 20 is just 19 days away from reaching the year that adorns its front cover.

There has been plenty of brilliant footballing moments to celebrate in 2019 and the recent awards season has paid tribute to players like Lionel Messi, Virgil van Dijk and countless others.

But ‘The Best’ awards and the Ballon d’Or aren’t the only titles being dished out and EA Sports’ aforementioned game series similarly likes to honour the best performers of each year.

FIFA annually rolls out a ‘Team of the Year’ on Ultimate Team, constructing the finest XI of the last 12 months and rewarding them with upgraded blue cards that reflect their performances.

And this year, gamers themselves can pick which players feature. EA unveiled the 55 players who are contention for the final XI and opened the decision-making process up to the public.

The 55 nominees

However, in a world where even nominations can cause controversy, we thought it would be apt to break down all of their picks from goalkeepers to strikers. So, check out the full list below:

Goalkeeper

1. Alisson Becker (Liverpool)

2. Ederson (Manchester City)

3. Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid)

4. Andre Onana (Ajax)

5. Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)

Defence

1. Jordi Alba (Barcelona)

2. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

3. Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)

4. Jose Gimenez (Atletico Madrid)

5. Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund)

6. Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)

7. Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli)

8. Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City)

9. Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus)

10. Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain)

11. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

12. Andrew Robertson (Liverpool)

13. Alex Sandro (Juventus)

14. Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain)

15. Milan Skriniar (Inter Milan)

16. Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax)

17. Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur)

18. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

Midfield

1. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

2. Paulo Dybala (Juventus)

3. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur)

4. Fabinho (Liverpool)

5. Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen)

6. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)

7. Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona)

8. N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)

9. Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

10. Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund)

11. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)

12. David Silca (Manchester City)

13. Dusan Tadic (Ajax)

14. Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain)

15. Hakim Ziyech (Ajax)

16. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool)

Attack

1. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

2. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)

3. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

4. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)

5. Eden Hazard (Real Madrid)

6. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)

7. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

8. Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

9. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

10. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

11. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)

12. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)

13. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

14. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)

15. Heung-min Son (Tottenham Hotspur)

16. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

GIVEMESPORT’s Kobe Tong says

Nominees are, well, just nominees so I’m not going to sweat the details of the list when EA Sports haven’t dropped any clangers, but it would be rude not to suggest my votes for the final XI.

Alisson is a no-brainer. While he’s not necessarily the world’s best goalkeeper in isolation, winning the Premier League and Copa America Golden Gloves make his 2019 statistics unassailable.

Alexander-Arnold, Robertson and Van Dijk are also dead-certs in my team, while De Ligt takes the final spot after a breakthrough season at Ajax and a solid start to life with Juventus.

Meanwhile, another former Ajax man in De Jong also gets the green-light from me, but I’m shunning the decision of the FIFPro World XI to place Hazard and Modric alongside him.

I’m confident that De Bruyne and Tadic are the worthier duo based on 2019 alone.

And sorry Ronaldo, but you’re going to have enjoy watching Mane, Messi and Lewandowski manning the attack from the substitutes’ bench. 

However, it’s by no means my opinion that prevails, so be sure to get your votes in – how apt on UK Election Day? – to help decide which blue cards emerge on Ultimate Team.

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