Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante was voted UEFA Fan Team of the Year to win Cristiano Ronaldo.
The European football association decided to change the team line-up from 4: 3: 3 to 4: 2: 4, so that the Juventus striker received fewer votes than three other attackers.
UEFA gave way to Ronaldo in the Fan Team of the Year
The Portuguese captain ranked behind Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Sadio Mane, according to Mail, so he would have missed the selection in a traditional 4-3-3.
However, UEFA has added a fourth attacker at the expense of one of the midfielders – Ronaldo.
The player who missed a place on the team due to UEFA’s decision became world champion Kante, who was ranked third in the midfield after Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona and Kevin De Bruyne from Manchester City.
“The line-up for this year’s team of the year was chosen to reflect the voices of the fans parallel to the players’ success in UEFA competitions,” said a spokesman.
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The traditional 4-3-3 formation has been used for the UEFA team of the year in five of the last six seasons, with the exception of a 4-4-2 game in 2017.
Five Liverpool players were selected in the XI, including three of the four who defeated Tottenham 2-0 to win the Champions League and goalkeeper Alisson.
Matthijs De Ligt joined former Ajax teammate De Jong in XI when the duo played an important role in Ajax’s run to the European semi-finals, where it was eventually beaten by Spurs.
Chelsea midfielder Kante missed a 3-0 home win over Burnley last weekend because of a minor thigh injury. It is not yet known whether he will be fit for the trip to Newcastle on Saturday evening. You can hear it LIVE on talkSPORT,