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Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo Headline Full 2019 UEFA Team of the Year

UEFA has named its 2019 Team of the Year, with European champions Liverpool dominating the list alongside FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo.

Meanwile Virgil van Dijk was a colossus at the back for Jurgen Klopp’s side, full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson excelled. Sadio Mane is among the forwards selected, while Goalkeeper Alisson Becker is at the base.

Elsewhere, Barcelona and Juventus have two representatives each.

Unsurprisingly, Messi and Ronaldo make the cut after successful years, while Matthijs de Light and Frenkie de Jong are also included; they both shone for Ajax last term before joining Juve and Barca, respectively.

The remaining two footballers have enjoyed exceptional starts to the 2019-20 season, with Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne arguably the Premier League‘s standout player and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski one of the game’s best goalscorers this year.

Last June, Liverpool won the Champions League beating Tottenham Hotspur in the final. They’ve backed up that success by dominating England’s top flight this term and sit 14 points clear of City in the race for the prize.

With their dominance in the Premier League and progression into the Champions League knockout stages, it wouldn’t be a surprise if next year’s team was dominated by Liverpool again.

There aren’t a lot of signs that Messi or Ronaldo would slow down on an individual level, though.

Only Lewandowski found the back of the net more often than Messi in European football’s top 5 leagues in the previous year.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo was crucial to Juventus winning the Serie A title in his debut season at the club. Champions League glory will be on his radar, as will succedd in the summer, when Portugal look to defend their European Championship title successfully.

In spite of winning a domestic treble last year, City only have one representative in De Bruyne.

De Jong and De Ligt were both sensational for Ajax in the last season, though they have each had mixed starts to life at their new clubs.

They will both be hoped to make more strides in the next months, having inspired the Dutch giants to an unlikely Champions League semi-final appearance in the last campaign.

Ronaldo jumped up to 2m56 when he headed a score

Cristiano Ronaldo leaps half a body above the Sampdoria defender, to score the winner for Juventus in Seria A on December 18.

45 minutes, Alex Sandro cross from the left wing towards the far post of Sampdoria. The ball went so high that the home defender decided not to bounce. But Cristiano Ronaldo still rushed into the 5m50 area, jumped so high that his knee was almost equal to the opponent’s, then definitely increased the score to 2-1.

“The Portuguese superstar showed off his super sports ability. He jumped as high as 2m56, stopped in the air for 1.5 seconds, before scoring the winning match,” Sports Mail (UK) described.

Ronaldo jumped up to 2m56 high when he headed home to score

After the match, coach Maurizio Sarri constantly praised Ronaldo: “I have nothing to say about that goal of Ronaldo. I can not believe it is so beautiful. I had to swear off the border.”

Meanwhile, coach Sampdoria, Claudio Ranieri also expressed admiration: “Ronaldo did what we often see in the American Professional Basketball (NBA). He seemed to stop in the air for an hour and a half. Admiring that goal, you can say nothing but congratulating Ronaldo”.

After the match, Ronaldo posted a shot high on the head of defender Sampdoria on his personal Twitter page, with the caption: “CR7 Air Jordan”. This is an expression used by fans to talk about basketball legend Michael Jordan before he scored every time.

In the second half, Ronaldo was also denied a goal against Sampdoria for offside. Even so, his head-on masterpiece still helped “Old Lady” to the top of the table, with three points more than Inter and played more than one match.

Yesterday was also a special day for goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. He equaled Paolo Maldini’s record 647 matches in Serie A, and surpassed Alessando Del Piero in the number of games played in Serie A for Juventus (479 matches).

2019 Best FIFA Football Awards: General Info

A reproduction of the cup for the FIFA best football player award is displayed during a press conference held at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. Five-time winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and Virgil van Dijk are the 3 finalists for the FIFA best male player award while the United States forward Megan Rapinoe is the favorite for the female player award. The ceremony will take place at the La Scala theatre in Milan on Sep.23.

Liverpool center-back Virgil van Dijk will be the favorite, in spite of the presence of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Lionel Messi finds himself nominated in 2 categories, with his superb chip for Barcelona FC against Real Betis back in March a contender for the Ferenc Puskas Award that was given to the best goal scored during the year.

Date: Monday, September 23rd

Time: 7:30 p.m. BST/2:30 p.m. ET

TV Info: Sky Sports Main Event

Live Stream: FIFA Facebook, FIFA YouTube, Sky Go.

Here’s a look at the nominees, according to the FIFA official website:

The Best FIFA Men’s Player:

1. Lionel Messi, Argentina/Barcelona

2. Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal/Juventus

3. Virgil van Dijk, Netherlands/Liverpool

The Best FIFA Women’s Player:

1. Megan Rapinoe, USA/Reign FC

2. Lucy Bronze, England/Olympique Lyonnais Feminin

3. Alex Morgan, USA/Orlando Pride

The Best FIFA Men’s Coach:

1. Pep Guardiola, Spain/Manchester City

2. Mauricio Pochettino, Argentina/Tottenham Hotspur

3. Jurgen Klopp, Germany/Liverpool

The Best FIFA Women’s Coach:

1. Sarina Wiegman, Netherlands

2. Phil Neville, England national team

3. Jill Ellis, USA national team

The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper:

1. Ederson, Brazil/Manchester City

2. Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Germany/Barcelona

3. Alisson Becker, Brazil/Liverpool

The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper

1. Hedvig Lindahl, Sweden/Chelsea/VfL Wolfsburg

2. Sari van Veenendaal, Netherlands/Arsenal/Atlético Madrid

3. Christiane Endler, Chile/Paris Saint-Germain

FIFA Puskas Award:

1. Lionel Messi (Argentina): Real Betis v. FC Barcelona (17 March 2019)

2. Daniel Zsori (Hungary): Debrecen FC v Ferencvaros TC (16 February 2019)

3. Juan Fernando Quintero (Colombia): River Plate v. Racing Club (10 February 2019).

Nations League: Portugal vs Netherlands, June 10

Predict the results

According to the bookmarker, Ronaldo continuing to play in the official lineup together with Koeman’s formidable attack, fans will enjoy a fascinating final with a balanced attack from both teams , creating opportunities for many goals in this match.

Predict the score: Portugal 3-2 Netherlands

Meaning of the match

On Monday morning, Portugal and the Netherlands will face each other in the European Cup match on Estadio do Dragao. In the previous semi-final, Cristiano Ronaldo left a strong echo with a beautiful hat-trick against Switzerland, setting the final score 3-1. In this match, home turf has no doubt played an important role in the Portuguese team’s victory.

With keeping this destructive form, Ronaldo absolutely has a chance to shine in the finals before the Dutch deflected defense. The orange team was unable to keep a clean sheet in their six  away games, and in the last 11 games, there was at least one Dutch game conceded.

However, Portugal also needs a centralized defense, considering the Dutch scoring record. Ronald Koeman‘s team has only one game that cannot put the ball in their last 18 matches.

Formation

Pepe could not play in this final match, when he was injured to shoulder in the encounter with Switzerland. Jose Fonte will be the alternate name for Portugal’s central defender.

In the 3-1 victory over England, Quincy Promes shined with a stoppage time goal after coming on as a substitute. Therefore, it is possible that he will have a major kick in this final.

If two teams draw after 2 main rounds?

If the two teams tie together after the end of the official match time, they will enter extra time (replaced by 4 players instead of 3). If the team still draw, then the two teams enter the penalty shootout to determine the championship. Goal-line technology is used.

Which team is preferred to choose the shirt color first?

Under UEFA regulations, the home team – Portugal are given priority to choose the shirt color.