UEFA has reportedly changed their team’s formation of the year to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back into the fan-selected XI.
The governing body of European football revealed the team on Wednesday after more than two million votes have been cast by fans across Europe.
The team only saw two midfielders in a rarely used 4-2-4 formation, which raised eyebrows among the fans.
And the reason for the unorthodox formation was to rear in the Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo, according to the Daily Mail.
The publication reports that Ronaldo was voted fourth among the attackers, having been beaten by Barcelona star Lionel Messi, Liverpool ace Sadio Mane and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.
The Mail says that such is the popularity of Ronaldo among UEFA leaders, they made the decision to abandon a midfielder, with Chelsea N’Golo Kante who believed he was the man who lost.
If true, the news will certainly not go well with Chelsea fans or the player himself.
The release also states that the team’s announcement has been delayed since last week, while UEFA leaders have been baffled about what to do with Ronaldo’s situation.
A UEFA spokesman suggested that Portugal’s victory in the Nations League final had helped secure a place on the team for former Real Madrid and Manchester United Ronaldo.
“Training for this year’s team has been chosen to reflect the votes of the fans in parallel with the results of the players in the UEFA competitions,” said the spokesman in the quotations reported in the Mail.
“As a result, there are five UEFA Champions League winners and four UEFA Nations League finalists (including one winner). Training changes on a regular basis and this year is no exception.”
The team is dominated by Liverpool players, with goalkeeper Alisson and defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson making up four of the five.
They are joined by Matthijs de Ligt, who signed for Juventus in the summer after his captivating performances for Ajax last season.
The slightly light midfield includes Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne and Barcelona Frenkie de Jong – another who made a big move after impressing with Ajax.
In the lead, Mane is the fifth Liverpool player to be selected, along with Ronaldo, Lewandowski and the winner of the Ballon d’Or Messi.