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UEFA alter team of the year formation to include Ronaldo

UEFA alter team of the year formation to include Ronaldo

16/01/2020 at 10:30Updated 16/01/2020 at 18:28

UEFA altered the formation for their fans' team of the year in order that Cristiano Ronaldo could be accommodated after the Juventus star missed out in a popular vote.

The European governing body announced the winning line-up on Wednesday, one week later than originally planned, and left fans confused by the use of an unorthodox 4-2-4 formation.

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The 34-year-old finished behind Lionel Messi, Sadio Mane and Robert Lewandowski in the popular ranking of Europe's best strikers, but officials opted to switch their line-up to a four-man attack thus freeing up space for the Portugal international, reportedly at the expense of Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante.

That left an unbalanced 'winning' team featuring only two midfield players, Barcelona's Frenkie de Jong and Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne.

A UEFA spokesperson said of the decision: "The formation for this year's team of the year was chosen to reflect the votes of the fans in parallel with the players' achievements in UEFA competitions.

"As a result, there are five UEFA Champions League winners and four UEFA Nations League finalists (including one winner). The formation changes on a regular basis and this year is no exception."