The nominations for UEFA’s Team of the Year have been announced with the Premier League well represented amongst the nominees, with 15 of the 50-player shortlist hailing from England’s top tier.
Bayern Munich stars unsurprisingly dominate the list following a historic treble-winning season, the Bavarians winning the Bundesliga and German Cup in addition to lifting a sixth Champions League – becoming the first side in history to win every fixture on their way to winning Europe’s biggest prize.
Robert Lewandowski heads the Bayern contingent after a stunning 55-goal season for the Poland international, one of a staggering 10 players from the the German giants’ treble-winning squad to make the shortlist.
Liverpool are the leading side in terms of Premier League nominations with eight players shortlisted including summer signing Thiago, recognition for the Reds’ success in being crowned champions for the first time in three decades last season.
Jordan Henderson – who was named as the FWA Footballer of the Year last season – is included, alongside Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk, Alisson and full-back duo Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne also makes the list after a campaign in which he equalled the Premier League’s single season assist record to be named as the PFA Player of the Year, the Belgian joined amongst the nominees by teammate Raheem Sterling.
Angelino – who impressed on loan at RB Leipzig from City – is also listed after helping the Bundesliga side reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Bruno Fernandes, Harry Kane, Kai Havertz and Thiago Silva complete the Premier League nominees, with the latter the oldest player shortlisted having turned 36-years-old in September.
Alphonso Davies is the youngest player nominated, the 20-year-old having played his part in Bayern’s incredible season of success.