The 31-year-old Portuguese has been included in the team for a record 11th time. No other player has managed more than eight nominations.
Since making his entry into UEFA’s elite team in 2004, Cristiano Ronaldo has missed out on just two occasions (in 2005 and 2006). During his first 10 consecutive years in UEFA’s Team of Year, the Real Madrid ace was selected four times in midfield and six times in attack.
Voted for by over 650,000 football fans with over 7.2 million votes cast, the 2016 side was majorly dominated by players from the Spanish La Liga. The Seria A followed with two representatives whiles the Bundesliga had only one.
Cristiano Ronaldo was one among four Real Madrid players to be named in the star-studded line-up. He features alongside a host of stellar performers, including Best FIFA Men’s Player award nominees Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) January 5, 2017
While Ronaldo achieved a landmark thanks to his eleven representations, his teammate and club skipper Sergio Ramos chalked up most of the votes on the day. The defender received over 488,000 votes from the online poll. Below is the full list of UEFA.com’s Team of The Year 2016:
Gianluigi Buffon (Italy/Juventus)
Jérôme Boateng (Germany/Bayern Munich)
Gerard Piqué (Spain/Barcelona)
Sergio Ramos (Spain/Real Madrid)
Leonardo Bonucci (Italy/Juventus)
Luka Modrić (Croatia/Real Madrid)
Toni Kroos (Germany/Real Madrid)
Andrés Iniesta (Spain/Barcelona)
Lionel Messi (Argentina/Barcelona)
Antoine Griezmann (France/Atlético Madrid)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid)