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UEFA Announce UCL Squad Of The Season, Snub African Superstar

UEFA Announce UEFA Champions League Squad Of The Season, Snub African Superstar

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By David Kappel - May 28, 2018 12:31 PM @kappilinho

UEFA have announced their official squad of the 2017/18 Champions League campaign, and snubbed an African superstar as well as the one of this season's record-breakers.

Click through the gallery above to see UEFA's UCL Squad of the Season.

A coaching panel, which included former Manchester United boss David Moyes, selected the 18-man squad of the season, but there was no space for Sadio Mane and James Milner.

Mane equalled Mohamed Salah's record as the African with most goals in a single Champions League campaign after scoring Liverpool's equaliser in Saturday's 3-1 final defeat to Real Madrid, his 10th UCL goal this season.

His teammate Milner broke the record for the most assists in a Champions League campaign, setting his colleagues up nine times in 2017/18, yet neither neither the Englishman nor Mane were named in the official UCL Team of the Season.

In fact, only three Liverpool stars made the selection, namely Roberto Firmino, Virgil van Dijk and Salah. Meanwhile, the Reds' opponents in the final, Los Blancos, who lifted their third straight trophy, had eight players in the squad. In Cristiano Ronaldo, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Raphael Varane, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos and Keylor Navas, eight of Zinedine Zidane's starting XI for the final were chosen.

AS Roma, with Alisson and Edin Dzeko, and Bayern Munich, with James Rodriguez and Joshua Kimmich, each have two representatives in UEFA UCL Squad of the Season, while Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini, Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne and FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi were also selected.

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Jerzy Engel, Thomas Schaaf, Mixu Paatelainen, Peter Rudbaek and Cristian Chivu were the other UEFA technical observers on the coaching panel that selected the squad.

What do you make of UEFA's UCL Squad of the Season? Have your say in the comments section below.


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STOANICIOUS Joined: 21 Jul 2016
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STOANICIOUS Jun 01, 2018 12:23 PM
SALAH Kept the African flag flying high! But Mane should've also been here.
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leendomint Joined: 11 Oct 2016
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leendomint Jun 01, 2018 11:26 AM
Yes Messi is a good player, but Mane performed way better than him in the UEFA Champions League...so this UCL Squad Of The Season must be re-visited.
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Desire@Site C Joined: 10 Jan 2018
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Desire@Site C Jun 01, 2018 10:39 AM
This is madness, racism @ its best here I mean Mane ran his socks off throughout the campaign and he even scored in the final and he was also second best behind Ronaldo but not to be selected? This panel is just full of hatred and racism!!!!!!!!!!! No wonder why this Moyes failed @ United he doesn't have an eye for talent.
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Myaka weliPhefeni Jun 01, 2018 07:35 AM
Once u a from Africa always u wll be ignore by pple in Uerop.why they left Sadio Mane bcz he did very well this year champions league?
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Ntsika239 May 31, 2018 09:45 PM
Penaldo fan boys are all About Messi yet Liverpool defeated Man city n still de bruyne is there
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Dumisani@in.com May 31, 2018 04:44 PM
Even Neymar did better dan Messi. He doesn't deserve to be der Woooow day light robbery
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thabo150 Joined: 29 Apr 2013
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thabo150 May 30, 2018 04:35 AM
Mane deserved to be there but he's not. Messi took Mane's spot.
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MSANDROTIC May 29, 2018 11:30 AM
Why he was snubbed
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MSANDROTIC May 29, 2018 11:29 AM
Sadio Mane deserve it
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Thaboism May 29, 2018 08:48 AM
They are so biased to their golden boy Messi,they would still select him even after he retired from playing football...mxm
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Pirates_999 May 29, 2018 08:18 AM
@fanist Well said bru
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fanist May 28, 2018 11:02 PM
Being realistic and not thinking or rating Messi arguably as world greatest in football he doesn't deserve to be there. For the fact that his the only player for Barcelona tells u something, they just chose him because of who he is not by judging how he performed on this tournament. Messi doesn't deserve to be there, Mane deserves it just being fair!
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Ruud-Krol(mugabel) May 28, 2018 06:20 PM
Replace donkey Messi with Mane.
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Ricworld May 28, 2018 05:02 PM
People might question as to why Messi is selected....Messi will always be in anyone’s dream team with or without kicking a ball, even Real are known admirers. People must learn to live with it!
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Soni_JX May 28, 2018 04:44 PM
@Ntsunda 12........KWAAAA HA HA HA...YOOOOOOOH HAI HAI HAHAHAH TLK TLK TLK KWAAAAA. I'm speachless!! I rest my case
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Ndlazitha May 28, 2018 04:43 PM
This panel must have been high on something when they selected players.
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murendeni joe May 28, 2018 03:58 PM
Messi he is so influential person in such way that even if he don't deserve an honour he got that, on my opinion he doesn't deserve to be there
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barca-baccaneers May 28, 2018 03:14 PM
it is said that champions league has no direct competitio betwee Messi and Ronaldo its likely posible the will avoid each other messi has a better winns in direct comp
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F.N.NGOBENI May 28, 2018 02:59 PM
Wow as long as u ar from Africa forget
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Faysal May 28, 2018 02:39 PM
White envelop

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