Five Real Madrid players in UEFA '2017 team of the year'

Equipo del año de 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%.

The team was named by UEFA yesterday, with a record 8.8 million votes cast to decide the XI - and it did raise a few eyebrows after some big names missed out.

Hazard is one of just two Premier League representatives included - both of whom are in the team for the first time - with Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne earning a place for his dazzling form.

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Manchester City's De Bruyne and Chelsea's Hazard are the first Premier League players in the team since 2014 when Angel Di Maria was included while playing for Manchester United.

Real Madrid left-back Marcelo featured in 70% of teams and teammate Sergio Ramos was the most popular pick, appearing in 73.3% of sides.

Gianluigi Buffon was voted as the preferred goalkeeper, receiving 41.8% of the votes in his position.

Amid talks of a current crisis at the club, Real Madrid are still reaping the awards for their successful 2017 with Zidane's side featuring strongly in the announcement of Uefa's flawless team of 2017 where no less than five Madrid players have been selected.

UEFA's official website announced the group, assembled in a fantasy Team of the Year, drawing on 8.8 million votes from fans worldwide. shortlisted 50 players on the basis of their performances in the calendar year for the selections of the team of the year.

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