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Ronaldo and Messi headline the 2017 UEFA Team of the Year

Ronaldo and Messi headline the 2017 UEFA Team of the Year

World's most expensive footballer, Neymar and the likes of David De Gea, Tottenham's record goalscorer Harry Kane and other hotshot Premier League stars like Paul Pogba and Sergio Aguero failed to make it to the UEFA team of the year 2017.

Lionel Messi was, with 59.8%, the most selected forward, followed by Cristiano Ronaldo with 55.7%, and, somewhat surprisingly, Eden Hazard with 38%.

Voted by the fans, the usual suspects of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi make the cut but to the surprise of many, only two Premier League players feature. If so, then the UEFA.com Fans' Team of the Year 2017 is what really counts with a record (and remarkable) 8.77 million votes cast, an increase of 1.6 million over 2016.

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De Bruyne's sparkling performance for Manchester City earned him a place in the team for the first time. At 39-years of age, Buffon became the oldest to grace the UEFA team of the year.

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 Belgian duo are the only Premier League selections included in the list, with the team dominated by five selections from back-to-back Champions League winners Real Madrid. Despite not participating in last year's Champions League, Hazard racked up three goals and two assists in six group matches at the tail end of 2017.