Cristiano Ronaldo beats Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min to the PFA Team of the year, despite Son having his greatest season in the Premier League.
After spending the previous 12 years at Real Madrid and Juventus, Ronaldo returned to the English Premier League for the second time in his career last summer and immediately made an impact by scoring 18 goals in 30 appearances for Manchester United, a club he first played for between 2003 and 2009.
The five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or moves into the central striker position in the starting XI, which comes at the cost of Son, who led the league in goals scored with 23 and was awarded the Golden Boot.
In the month of January, members of the players’ trade union were responsible for compiling the shortlists for selections, which were then put to a vote by the other players in the individual leagues.
Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Thiago, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah are among the six Liverpool players who have been selected to start in the coveted prize.
Only two other clubs were represented in the XI, in addition to Manchester City’s Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva, and Kevin De Bruyne, who were all playing for the defending champions.
Antonio Rudiger’s outstanding season at Chelsea earned him a spot in the team despite being on his way to Real Madrid this summer.
The complete roster is as follows:
Alisson – Liverpool
Trent Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool
Virgil van Dijk – Liverpool
Antonio Rüdiger – Chelsea
João Cancelo – Manchester City
Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City
Thiago Alcântara – Liverpool
Bernardo Silva – Manchester City
Sadio Mané – Liverpool
Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United
Mohamed Salah – Liverpool