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Barcelona & Real Madrid Dominate UEFA's 'Ultimate Team of the Year'

Robbie Copeland
No surprise that Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos both make the cut
No surprise that Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos both make the cut / OSCAR DEL POZO/Getty Images
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You've had Ultimate Team, you've had Team of the Year. Now it's time for their accursed love-child - 'Ultimate Team of the Year'.

It's been a slow news week at UEFA HQ, apparently, as the confederation's governing body have compiled the best XI of Team of the Year nominees.

They've done this by tallying up the number times a player has been named in the Fans' Team of the Year in their position, and selecting the 11 players who have made the cut most often.

It will come as little surprise to learn that Cristiano Ronaldo, the Champions League's all-time top scorer, has made the team more times than anyone else with 14.

No prizes for guessing second-place either - that would be Lionel Messi.

Eight of the 11 earned the majority of their team of the year spots while playing for either Real Madrid or Barcelona - again, no surprise, given how dominant those sides have been over the rest of Europe since the turn of the century.

Steven Gerrard makes the midfield with the fewest TOTY awards (3) of anyone on the pitch, while there is some recognition for Bayern Munich legend Philipp Lahm, who made the XI five times over the course of his storied career.

Representing the Premier League proudly...
Representing the Premier League proudly... / Phil Cole/Getty Images

Thierry Henry was a fixture of the team throughout his Arsenal career, making the grade five times in the six years between 2001 and 2006, though he didn't actually make it as a Barcelona player despite scoring 49 times in 121 appearances for the Spanish side.

Barça have the most players in the XI with 23 TOTY places shared between the five players whose achievements in Catalonia earned them a spot.


UEFA Ultimate Team of the Year

Iker Casillas (6); Sergio Ramos (8), Gerard Pique (5), Carles Puyol (6), Philipp Lahm (5); Steven Gerrard (3), Xavi (5), Andres Iniesta (6); Lionel Messi (11), Thierry Henry (5), Cristiano Ronaldo (14)


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