Five Barcelona players and three Real Madrid players were selected by UEFA.com users as the best of the year in their respective positions.
Barcelona are the club with the most players in the UEFA Team of the Year, with Neymar, Andrés Iniesta, Gerard Piqué, Dani Alves and, of course, Leo Messi making the grade. Notably absent from the 'Azulgranas' contingent is Luis Suárez. Compared to last year, only the Argentinian superstar repeats the feat. Real Madrid, meanwhile, are represented by three players: Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos and James Rodríguez. Ramos and Ronaldo made the hypothetical XI in 2014.
The rest of the line-up is completed by Manuel Neuer and David Alaba of Bayern Munich and Paul Pogba of Juventus. It does not feature a single player from the Premier League.
Messi received the most votes, with 70% of over 600,000 respondents picking him as part of their team, ahead of Alaba (68%) and Iniesta (63%). Piqué (40%) andRonaldo (41%) received the fewest votes.
The full UEFA 2015 Team of the Year is as follows:
El once del año para los usuarios de la UEFA:
Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer (Bayern de Múnich y Alemania)
Defender: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid y España)
Defender: Daniel Alves (FC Barcelona y Brasil)
Defender: David Alaba (Bayern de Múnich y Austria)
Defender: Gerard Piqué (FC Barcelona y España)
Midfielder: Paul Pogba (Juventus y Francia)
Midfielder: James Rodríguez (Real Madrid y Colombia)
Midfielder: Andrés Iniesta (FC Barcelona y España)
Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid CF y Portugal)