UEFA.com fans' Team of the Year by numbers

Which player has been picked the most? Which league has never missed out on the final XI? Who is hoping it's sixth time lucky? All the facts around the UEFA.com fans' Team of the Year 2017.

Who will you choose from this cast of star forwards?
Who will you choose from this cast of star forwards? ©UEFA.com

The nominations for the UEFA.com fans' Team of the Year 2017 have been released, so we have crunched the numbers from the first 16 such selections. Here's what we found.

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All-time facts

Total players nominated: 390
Total players selected in final XIs: 77
Most nominated player: Cristiano Ronaldo 14 (2004–17) – seven as midfielder, seven as forward
Most nominated goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon 10 (2002–06, 2012, 2014–17)
Most nominated defender: Philipp Lahm 10 (2004, 2006–14)
Most nominated midfielder: Andrés Iniesta 8 (2008–12, 2015–17)
Most nominated forward: Lionel Messi 12 (2006–17)
Nation with most different nominees:
Spain 44
Nation with most total nominations:
Spain 119

Who will you pick in your Team of the Year?
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Most selected player in final XI: Cristiano Ronaldo 11 (2004, 2007–16) – five as midfielder, six as forward

Most selected goalkeeper: Iker Casillas 6 (2007–12)
Most selected defender: Carles Puyol 6 (2002, 2005–06, 2008–10), Sergio Ramos 6 (2008, 2012–16)
Most selected midfielder: Andrés Iniesta 6 (2009–12, 2015–16)
Most selected forward: Lionel Messi 8 (2008–12, 2014–16)

Clubs with most total selections

1 Barcelona 44
2 Real Madrid 39 (represented for last 11 years)
3 Bayern München 20
4 AC Milan 18
5 Juventus 14

League with most total selections
1 Spanish Liga 89 (only league to have a selection every year)
2 Serie A 39
3 Premier League 38
4 Bundesliga 21
5 Ligue 1 4

Who will be your goalkeeper?
Who will be your goalkeeper?©UEFA.com

Nations with most total selections
1 Spain 40
2 Brazil 21
3 France 17
4= Germany 15
4= Portugal 15

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How many defenders will you select?
How many defenders will you select?©UEFA.com

2017 nominees: the facts

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Players with most total nominations
Cristiano Ronaldo 14
Lionel Messi 12
Gianluigi Buffon 10

Players with most previous final selections
Cristiano Ronaldo 11
Lionel Messi 8
Andrés Iniesta, Sergio Ramos 6

Player with most nominations hoping for first selection: Sergio Agüero 7 (2008, 2011–13, 2015–17)

Club with most nominations in 2017
Real Madrid 11

Nation with most nominations in 2017
Spain 8

Who'll make the cut in midfield?
Who'll make the cut in midfield?©UEFA.com

Nations with first nominations in 2017
Armenia, Ecuador

Nations that could have first selection
Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, Gabon, Poland, Slovenia

New nominees
Dele Alli, Marco Asensio, Casemiro, Fabinho, Kamil Glik, Harry Kane, Dries Mertens, Kylian Mbappé, Benjamin Mendy, Thomas Meunier, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Miralem Pjanić, Davinson Sánchez, Alex Sandro, Antonio Valencia

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The UEFA.com fans' Team of the Year is not intended to rival more established awards and does not bear the official UEFA imprimatur. However, it has proved hugely popular with fans since its inception, with more than 7 million votes cast last year alone.

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