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UEFA’s Best XI of 2017 announced

Neymar, Roberto Rosales

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, center right, escapes Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)


The top 11 players in Europe for 2017 have been announced by UEFA.

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European soccer’s governing body had over 8.8 million votes from fans and below are the 11 players who made the team.

All 11 players took part in the UEFA Champions League over the calendar year.

In goal Gianluigi Buffon from Juventus got the nod, while in defense Real Madrid’s duo of Marcelo and Sergio Ramos were joined by PSG’s Dani Alves and Juve’s Giorgio Chiellini.

There were two Premier League stars voted in as Man City’s Kevin de Bruyne and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard were selected, along with Toni Kroos and Luka Modric from Real Madrid’s midfield and attackers Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The big omissions? Some suggest that Harry Kane and Neymar should have been included, as well as Kylian Mbappe for his role in AS Monaco’s run to the UCL semifinals in 2016-17.

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