Ronaldo, Messi headline UEFA's 40-man shortlist for Team of the Year

BY foxsports • November 25, 2014

The nominees have been released for the 2014 UEFA Team of the Year, a football award given by the game's governing body through a poll on its official website.

The 40 players have been chosen by writers based on their performances for a European club or national side during 2014. Users can select their preferred formation before picking their starting XI from four goalkeepers, 12 defenders, 12 midfielders and 12 forwards. Voting closes on Jan 6.

Goalkeepers: Beto (Sevilla), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) 

Defenders: David Alaba, Medhi Benatia, Jerome Boateng (all Bayern Munich), Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid), Ezequiel Garay (Zenit), Diego Godín (Atletico Madrid), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Miranda (Atletico Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City).

Midfielders: Xabi Alonso (Bayern Munich), Arda Turan (Atletico Madrid), Angel Di María (Manchester United), James Rodríguez (Real Madrid), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Yaya Toure (Manchester City)

Forwards: Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Diego Costa (Chelsea), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Neymar (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Jonatan Soriano (Salzburg), Carlos Tevez (Juventus).