Ronaldo, Messi make UEFA's top 50 players Team of the Year

Ronaldo, Messi make UEFA's top 50 players Team of the Year

- UEFA have shortlisted 50 players that will make the Ultimate Team of the Year for 2018

- Ronaldo and Messi headlines the lists with Salah, Mbappe and Griezmann were also added

- Legends like Henry, Gerrard, Iniesta, Xavi, Puyol Casillas among others also made the cut

European football governing body UEFA have named 50 players in the legendary all-time Team of the Year.

The nominees includes Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah and others who will be vying for places in the line-up, which will be decided by fans on UEFA's website.

But together with the 50 names listed, UEFA will also be launching their Ultimate Team of the Year of all time.

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Eleven players made up of those who have been shortlisted in the Team of the Year have the most times nominations since its inception in 2001.

As expected, Juventus star player Cristiano Ronaldo is leading the way with 12 nominations in the line-up.

Lionel Messi has been named in the squad nine times while his rival Ronaldo has been nominated in the last 11 seasons.

Ronaldo and Messi will add to their tally this year with the likes Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Mohamed Salh are also up in the running.

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry and Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard were also included as well as midfield generals, Xavi Hernandez and Andreas Iniesta.

The former England captain had three nominations - the same as French legend Zinedine Zidane, Toni Kroos among others.

Spanish quartet, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol and goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who were influential in their country's domination between 2008 and 2012 are still present.

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The legendary World Cup winner with Germany Phillipp Lahm has also not been left out.


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