Ronaldo and Messi headline the 2017 UEFA Team of the Year

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The team was named by UEFA yesterday, with a record 8.8 million votes cast to decide the XI - and it did raise a few eyebrows after some big names missed out.

The wide midfielders were the only English Premier League representatives - Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne.

Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard are the only players from the Premier League to feature in the UEFA Team of the year as they make their maiden appearance.

The players led their team to a historic season winning five titles in one year for the first time in the club's history. The European football's governing body on Thursday revealed the star-studded team on their twitter account.

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos was chosen as the second center-back, along with his left-back teammate Marcelo.

The centre of midfield is being run by a Real Madrid axis of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.

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Gianluigi Buffon was voted as the preferred goalkeeper, receiving 41.8% of the votes in his position.

De Bruyne's sparkling performance for Manchester City earned him a place in the team for the first time.

Other Real Madrid players who star in the UEFA Team of the Year include Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo, respectively.

Barcelona and Italian champions Juventus had a total of 5 nominees each, while Atletico Madrid and Manchester United have 4 players in the Team of the Year shortlist.

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