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IFFHS best European XI: Ronaldo, Mbappe, Lewandowski make the team

Arjun Singh Devgan
Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe are among the best players in the world
Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe are among the best players in the world / FRANCK FIFE/GettyImages

The IFFHS have named their best European XI of 2021 and the line up consists of some of the biggest names in club football ranging from the likes of Paris Saint-Germain superstar, Kylian Mbappe to Bayern Munich hitman, Robert Lewandowski.

One player who has made it once again is Manchester United icon, Cristiano Ronaldo who has had another successful year in 2021 and despite being 36-years-old he continues to score goals on a regular basis.

Ronaldo has scored 46 times for club and country in 2021, averaging 101 minutes per-goal contribution and despite finishing sixth in the Ballon d'Or standings he continues to remain one of the best players in the world.

The goalkeeper of the side is Gianluigi Donnarumma who was named the best European goalkeeper of 2021 having helped Italy to Euro 2021 glory, while his Italian team-mates in Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci make the side in defence alongside Ruben Dias and Cesar Azpilicueta.

The midfield is made up entirely of Premier League stars with Chelsea duo, N'Golo Kante and Jorginho joined by Manchester City's, Kevin De Bruyne.

Ronaldo is joined by Mbappe and Lewandowski in attack, with IFFHS also naming seven substitutes with Joao Cancelo, Bruno Fernandes, Erling Haaland and Karim Benzema among the players who just missed out on the starting XI.

Thomas Tuchel will manage the side after leading Chelsea to Champions League glory, beating out competition from the likes of Pep Guardiola, Roberto Mancini and Jurgen Klopp.

IFFHS Men's UEFA Team of the Year

1) Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy/PSG)

2) Cesar Azpilicueta (Spain/Chelsea)

3) Giorgio Chiellini (Italy/Juventus)

4) Leonardo Bonucci (Italy/Juventus)

5) Ruben Dias (Portugal/Man City)

6) N'Golo Kante (France/Chelsea)

7) Jorginho (Italy/Chelsea)

8) Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium/Man City)

9) Kylian Mbappe (France/PSG)

10) Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Man United)

11) Robert Lewandowski (Poland/Bayern Munich)