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European Team Of The Season

With all of Europe's top five leagues officially concluded, here is our team of the season based on players from the strongest divisions across the continent. While FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi was an obvious pick, Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo did not make the side.

Click through the gallery above to see our European Team of the Season, based performances and statistics from Transfermarkt and WhoScored.com.

With the latest Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and LaLiga campaigns all having come to an end, we selected a team of the season made up of players from across the five leagues, based on league football alone.

In goal, despite impressive efforts from Manchester City's Ederson and Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak, Liverpool's Brazil international Alisson was given the nod. The 26-year-old was safe as houses for the Reds in his debut Premier League campaign, keeping 21 clean sheets in 38 appearances.

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On the right-hand side of defence, the ever-reliable Joshua Kimmich was picked ahead of the likes of Joao Cancelo and Trent Alexander-Arnold. The Bayern Munich man played every minute of football in the Bundesliga this season, and provided the assists for goals on 14 occasions too.

City centre-back Aymeric Laporte fended off competition from stars such as Kalidou Koulibaly and Gerard Pique to partner Virgil van Dijk, whose presence and impact in the Liverpool backline has been a joy to behold. FC Barcelona's Jordi Alba was selected at left-back, although there was not much to choose from between the Spaniard and the Reds' Andrew Robertson.

Lyon's 22-year-old Tanguy Ndombele was chosen in defensive midfield, while further ahead of him, we went with Bayer Leverkusen's teenage star Kai Havertz and Atalanta's Alejandro Gomez. While Havertz contributed to 21 goals in 34 matches, Gomez helped inspire his Italian team to a UEFA Champions League finish with his seven league goals and 12 assists.

Messi's inclusion was a foregone conclusion due to his individual brilliance throughout the LaLiga campaign, while there was hardly any competition for Kylian Mbappe up front. The Paris Saint-Germain finished just behind Messi in the race for the European Golden Shoe, scoring 33 goals in 29 Ligue 1 games.

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On the left-hand side of attack, we went with City's ever-improving Raheem Sterling, whose 17 goals and 10 assists helped the Citizens become the first team to retain the Premier League title since Manchester United in 2009. The Englishman was also crowned the PFA Young Player of the Year.

What changes, if any, would you make to this team? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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