After an amazing 2016 for all football fans with various surprises such as Leicester winning the Premier League, Zidane’s long unbeaten run, Portugal winning the Euro’s and Zlatan Ibrahimovic finally coming to the Premier League, here is my team of the year.
Before I give mine, here is the official team of the year, which features 8 La Liga players.
Goalkeeper: Gigi Buffon.
Defenders: Sergio Ramos, Leo Bonucci, Gerard Pique, Jerome Boateng.
Midfielders: Luka Modric, Andres Iniesta, Toni Kroos.
Forwards: Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Now here is my team of the year, leave yours in the comments down below.
Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris. This is a difficult one, but I just don’t think that any other goalkeeper performed better than Hugo Lloris in 2016. He was a major part in one of the best defences in the league with Tottenham, he put in some great performances in the Euro’s, and he was awesome for Tottenham yet again in the Champions League. I think you could make a case for quite a few goalkeepers last year, including Keylor Navas, Manuel Neuer, David De Gea and Rui Patricio.
Defenders: Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Diego Godin, Jerome Boateng. Firstly, Sergio Ramos, proved once more his greatness, leading his team to the Champions League and scoring vital goals in the back end of 2016 to ensure his side stay unbeaten, a truly great defender and a nightmare for strikers to face. Next up, Pepe. What an incredible year it was for Pepe, playing a major role for both club and country, he is now also playing with controlled aggression and maturity. Next, Diego Godin, now this was a tough choice but he gets the nod given how good he was in the first half of 2016. Played a key role in Atletico’s push for the title and brilliant Champions League run, the Atletico defence always struggles without him. Lastly, Jerome Boateng. Another solid year for Bayern Munich and had a brilliant Euro’s apart from the stupid penalty he gave away in the quarter finals. Notable mentions go to Leo Bonucci, Thiago Silva and David Luiz who have all had brilliant years.
Midfielders: Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, N’golo Kante. 2 certainties and a controversial pick here. Firstly, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos. Nothing needs to be said about these 2 now. They are the best centre midfielders in the game, they may be overtaken in the future but they are both playing wonderfully and a huge factor in Real Madrid’s brilliant 2016. Now, N’golo Kante, give credit where credit is due. Any side with this little warrior in their side will have a chance of winning the league, despite not being a natural on the ball he covers all areas of the field and would slot into any side apart from maybe Barcelona. It will be hard for him to have a better year than this. If Iniesta and KdB were not injured for lengthy spells they would be in for a shout, as would Paul Pogba but he was quiet at the start of the year.
Forwards: Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Cristiano Ronaldo. Definitely the easiest choice for forwards in a long time, an explanation is barely needed. Lionel Messi, superb, again. Cristiano Ronaldo, European Champion, Ballon D’Or, exceptional season. Antoine Griezmann also cemented himself as one of the best players in the game, turning up when it mattered most, leading his teams to finals and capturing a few individual awards along the way. Mentions also to Zlatan Ibrahimovic who has loved every minute of the Premier League so far and scored the second most goals in 2016, Luis Suarez who ripped up the La Liga, helping Barcelona secure the league whilst scoring the fourth most goals in the calendar year and Gareth Bale who would’ve been a bigger contender if he was not injured.