After a successful campaign in which Manchester City made a clean sweep of the domestic trophies in England, several players from the team have made the shortlist for the UEFA Team of the Year. The seven players that were selected include Goalkeeper Ederson, defender Aymeric Laporte, midfielders David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne, forwards Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling as well as Bernardo Silva.
All of these played a significant role in the team’s success helping the club make history in the process. City became the first men’s team to ever win an English domestic treble after lifting the Premier League, Carabao Cup and FA Cup.
However, the team’s domestic success was overshadowed by the failure to progress in Europe as the team was sensationally knocked out of the Champions League by Tottenham. The Sky Blues came close to securing progression to the semi-final of the competition. Despite beating the London side 4-3 in the second leg of the quarter-final at the Etihad Stadium to record a 4-4 aggregate score, the visitors progressed on away goals.
The Champions League has become the primary measure of success for teams on the continent. That partly accounted for why Liverpool players and manager have received several accolades in the last few months. Virgil van Dijk achieved a rare feat for center-backs and defenders as a whole by winning the UEFA Player of the Year award recently.
Therefore, several Liverpool players are expected to be named in the final line up. Notwithstanding, several players from other clubs made the shortlist. The full list of nominees is as follows:
Alisson Becker - Liverpool
Ederson Moraes - Manchester City
Jan Oblak - Atletico Madrid
Andre Onana - Ajax
Andre Ter Stegen - Barcelona
Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk - Liverpool.
Caesar Azpilicueta - Chelsea
Jan Vertonghen - Tottenham
Daley Blind, Nicolas Tagliafico - Ajax
Matthijs De Ligt - Ajax and Juventus
Sergio Ramos - Real Madrid
Aymeric Laporte - Manchester City
Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba - Barcelona
Joshua Kimmich - Bayern Munich
Jose Gimenez - Atletico Madrid
Kalidou Koulibaly - Napoli
Thiago Alcantara - Bayern Munich
Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva - Manchester City
Bruno Fernandes - Sporting Lisbon
Hakim Ziyech, Donny Van de Beek - Ajax
Frenkie De Jong - Ajax and Barcelona
Angel Di Maria - Paris Saint-Germain
Mario Ruiz - Napoli
Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Georgino Wijnaldum- Liverpool
Jorginho, N’golo Kante - Chelsea
Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling - Manchester City
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - Arsenal
Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah - Liverpool
Dusan Tadic - Ajax
Lionel Messi - Barcelona
Eden Hazard - Chelsea and Real Madrid
Harry Kane, Son Heung-min - Tottenham
Robert Lewandowski, Serge Gnabry - Bayern Munich
Cristiano Ronaldo - Juventus
Kylian Mbappe - Paris Saint-Germain
——It remains to be seen which of the City players will make the final cut as they face stiff competition from a host of other stars in the 50-man list.