UEFA released their 18-man strong Champions League Squad of the Season on Sunday, headlined by forwards Mohamed Salah of Liverpool, Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Lionel Messi of Barcelona.
Tournament winners Real were predictably well-represented, with Keylor Navas, Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Luka Modric, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Marcelo all in the squad. James Rodriguez, on loan at Bayern Munich, also made the list.
Here is a look at the full team:
For Barcelona fans, the lack of representation will sting, as Los Blancos greatly outnumber the Catalans, who have just one player. So do Juventus (Giorgio Chiellini) and Manchester City (Kevin De Bruyne).
None of the players who made the squad got on the scoresheet during Saturday’s final, which was won by Real. Gareth Bale stole the show with a brace, although Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius played as big a role, with two howlers that cost his team. Karim Benzema and Sadio Mane scored the other goals.
Mane is one of several players who perhaps should have made the team. Andrew Robertson would have been deserving if he had made more appearances, but he was pivotal in the knockout stages. James Milner was also crucial in the Reds’ run to the final.
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