Gareth Bale was joined by countrymen Joe Allen and Aaron Ramsey on the 40-man shortlist for UEFA's Team of the Year following an impressive Euro 2016 campaign where Wales reached the semi-finals. At club level, Bale's Real Madrid have seven players on the shortlist.
Arsenal midfielder Ramsey and Stoke City playmaker Allen are among the 12 Premier League players who made it to the elite shortlist.
Leicester City's historic EPL win saw Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kante (now at Chelsea) make the cut, while Arsenal and Spurs could only muster three players combined. Toby Alderweireld, Laurent Koscielny, Paul Pogba, Kevin de Bruyne, Dimitri Payet, Sergio Aguero, Alexis Sanchez and Zlatan Ibrahimovic complete the list.
2016 Champions League winners Real Madrid have eight players on the list: Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Bale, goalkeeper Keylor Navas, Spanish defenders Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal along with Pepe(Portugal), and the midfield duo of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos all made it to the 40-man shortlist.
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Keylor Navas (Real Madrid), Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid) Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon).
Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham
Midfielders: Joe Allen (Stoke City), Kevin De Bruyne (Man City), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), N'Golo Kante (Chelsea), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Grzegorz Krychowiak (PSG), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Dimitri Payet (West Ham), Paul Pogba (Man United), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).
Forwards: Sergio Aguero (Man City), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Man Utd), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Neymar (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), Luis Suarez (Barcelona).
Fans can vote for the team of the year on Uefa's website until 3 January.
Bale attempted 2.6 shots per game this SLL, while Benzema has attempted 2 shots.
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