UCL fantasy football team of the season: No place for Messi and Ronaldo as Chelsea and Man City players dominate


UEFA Champions League has enlisted their fantasy team of the season, featuring the players who were deemed as the best in their position.

Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy is the ultimate goalkeeper with 66 points, and it’s hard to single out a shot-stopper who was as strong as the former Rennes man this season.

Starting from the defence, Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea) and Ruben Dias (Man City) have made it to the line-up as both were part of the final last weekend, where Chelsea were crowned the champions.

Rudiger’s transformation has been evident since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel, and the German defender put on some excellent displays this season, including against Citizens in the finals.

Dias, the most anticipated acquisition of Man City last summer, exceeded his expectations and played a key role in the Sky Blues’ success this season – winning the Premier League and EFL Cup. His individual brilliance also earned him the FWA Footballer of the Year award. Cesar Azpilicueta and Kyle Walker are the chosen full-backs.

Man City and Chelsea’s dominance continued in the midfield as Jorginho, Ilkay Gundagon and young Phil Foden were included. Jorginho, who racked up 57 fantasy points, has been chosen as the ultimate holding midfielder, while Gundogan and Foden are the advanced midfielders.

The forward line consists of Erling HaalandKylian Mbappe and Mohamed Salah, with the latter one turning out to be the forward with more points (63). Liverpool might have fallen short in the quarter-finals, but Salah’s contribution this season can’t be taken for granted. Haaland is the ideal striker in the line-up as the Norwegian striker didn’t even allow Robert Lewandowski to take up the place due to his stellar form in the Champions League, which saw him finish as the competition’s top scorer.

No wonder Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are excluded from the list as Barcelona and Juventus couldn’t get past the round of 16 and the duo’s performances in UCL this season weren’t close to their real best.