To the surprise of absolutely nobody, European champions Real Madrid dominated the UEFA Team of the Year shortlist with 11 nominees, as the Premier League continued to lag behind their Spanish rivals.
European football's governing body announced its annual Team of the Year on Thursday, after nearly 8.8 million votes were cast by users on UEFA's official website.
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.
Well, over 8.7 millions votes tell us that five-time Ballon d'or victor Messi featured in 59.8% of teams, while Ronaldo was only chosen in 55.7%. The fans were asked to submit their best Xls of the year which saw the Los Blancos centre-back Ramos making most team appearances with 73.7% inclusions.
Sergio Ramos received the most votes with 588,315.
And while there have been disappointments for both club and country in 2017, Gianluigi Buffon will be happy to have been selected between the sticks. Cristiano Ronaldo made his 12 appearance in the team, alongside five other Real Madrid players.
De Bruyne's sparkling performance for Manchester City earned him a place in the team for the first time.
UEFA have announced their official 2017 Team of the Year, but Neymar did not make the cut.