UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann all feature in the UEFA technical observers' Squad of the Season, but who else has made the 18-man selection?

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Goalkeepers
Jan Oblak (Atlético Madrid)

An ever-present for Diego Simeone's side, with eight goals conceded in 13 appearances a measure of his prowess.

Manuel Neuer (Bayern München)
Took the breath away with his save from Arsenal's Theo Walcott during the group stage, eventually shipping just nine goals in 11 games.                                           

Godin on Atleti run
Godin on Atleti run

Defenders
Diego Godín (Atlético Madrid)
A model of commitment, the Uruguayan epitomised Atlético's uncompromising spirit; missed only one game en route to the final.

Juanfran (Atlético Madrid)
A mighty presence in his 12 games, the right-back deserves to be remembered for more than hitting the post in the final shoot-out.

Ramos: Final man of the match
Ramos: Final man of the match

Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain)
Missed only one match as Paris battled their way to the quarter-finals; wearing the armband, he anchored the ambitious French champions.

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Saved the best for last, scoring his only goal in ten games in the final, his second final strike after the late leveller in 2014.

Marcelo (Real Madrid)
Having signed a new Madrid contract in summer 2015, the left-back responded with a superb season, appearing in 11 of his team's 13 games.                                                              

Midfielders
Gabi (Atlético Madrid)

One of three outfield ever-presents for Atlético en route to the final; covered 149,206m in the competition – more than any other player.

Kroos's semi-final strike
Kroos's semi-final strike

Koke (Atlético Madrid)
Third in the competition's distance-covered rankings with 141,175m – despite playing two games fewer than the two players above him.

Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
Made only seven appearances as Barcelona came up short in the quarter-finals, but was his usual devastating self.

Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)
More passes attempted (1,007) and completed (952) than any other player in this season's competition.

Luka Modrić (Real Madrid)
Brought creativity and vision throughout his 12 appearances. Scored once – against Shakhtar in the group stage.                              

Griezmann's strike against Bayern
Griezmann's strike against Bayern

Forwards
Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid)

Fifth in the scorers rankings with 11 goals, and second in terms of metres covered with 142,864m; a tireless campaign.

Luis Suárez (Barcelona)
Eight goals in nine games almost underwhelming for a man who hit 40 in the Liga to top the ESM Golden Shoe rankings.

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Absent for half of the group stage, he showed his value on his return, ending the campaign with six goals from seven outings.

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern München)
A group stage hat-trick against Dinamo Zagreb set the tone, with nine goals in 12 games overall a mark of Lewandowski's class.

Ronaldo on final win
Ronaldo on final win

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Failed to break his single-season record (17) or score in open play in a third final, but struck 16 goals and the tournament-winning spot kick.

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)
The 26-year-old winger's extraordinary pace continues to surprise and terrify opponents; perhaps his most consistent season in Spain.

The squad was chosen by UEFA's technical team which comprised: Ioan Lupescu (UEFA chief technical officer), Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO), Jean-Paul Brigger (FIFA, SUI), Ginés Meléndez (ESP), Mixu Paatelainen (FIN), Thomas Schaaf (GER) Peter Rudbæk (DEN), Savo Milošević (SRB), David Moyes (SCO) and Mircea Lucescu (ROU)

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