From left, Juventus' Paulo Dybala, Joao Cancelo, Ronaldo and Giorgio Chiellini, celebrate after winning 3-0 in the Italian Serie A soccer match between Fiorentina and Juventus at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence, Italy, Dec 1, 2018. (CLAUDIO GIOVANNINI / ANSA VIA AP)
PARIS - Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo has been included for a record 13th time in UEFA Team of the Year also featuring his former club teammate Luka Modric, the reigning Best FIFA Men's Player and Ballon d'Or winner.
Ronaldo helped his former club Real Madrid to a third consecutive UEFA Champions League title last May.
Besides Modric, who received the most votes with 115,440, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Marcelo are also included in the list, making Real Madrid the team with the most players for a third successive year.
In the line-up based on a 4-3-3 formation, Marc-Andre ter Stegen from Barcelona stands in front of goal. The only non-Real Madrid defender in the team is Virgil van Dijk currently playing in Liverpool.
Real Madrid's Luka Modric holds the trophy after winning the Club World Cup final soccer match between Real Madrid and Al Ain at Zayed Sport City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Dec 22, 2018. (KAMRAN JEBREILI / AP PHOTO)
The three midfielders are Modric, and Chelsea's star duo of N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard.
Ronaldo stands up in front along with Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe, the youngest player in the list at the age of 20.
Based on players' performances for a European club or national team in UEFA competitions during the 2018 calendar year, the initial shortlist of 50 players was released last December. Almost two million votes were cast by users registered with UEFA's website.
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