The waiting is over. After a few weeks of voting, the FIFA 21 Ultimate Team Team of the Year is finally here.
Over 10 million fans of the game voted from 185 countries, selecting 11 players who they felt performed better than anybody else on the planet during 2020. Lionel Messi is the star omission from the side, as is Neymar, but there are places for Robert Lewandowski, Bruno Fernandes and Kylian Mbappe.
The player’s final ratings have not yet been disclosed, but you can be assured that they will be awarded some of the craziest cards you’re ever likely to see on FIFA 21.
Here’s the XI in full, with details of why each player are likely to have made the cut.
Manuel Neuer (GK) – Bayern Munich lost just one match in 2020. One. They owe a lot of that success to Neuer, who has firmly re-established himself as one of the best around.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) – Alexander-Arnold’s crossing astounded fans across the globe last year, and nobody on the planet came anywhere close to him.
Virgil van Dijk (CB) – Van Dijk was perhaps the best centre-back in the world in 2020, and he didn’t even play after picking up an ACL injury in October. That’s how good the Liverpool man was.
Sergio Ramos (CB) – A regular when it comes to TOTY, Ramos missed out to Matthijs de Ligt in FIFA 20 but has forced his way back into the team this time around after capturing La Liga.
Alphonso Davies (LB) – Undoubtedly the most entertaining full-back around, Davies captured the hearts of fans across the globe with his enthusiastic, dominant work in Bayern’s successful European and domestic journey.
Joshua Kimmich (CM) – It’s not hard to find somebody who believes that Kimmich is the undisputed best player on the planet these days, so a spot in the TOTY was never in doubt.
Kevin De Bruyne (CM) – It’s three years in a row for De Bruyne, who spent 2020 creating goals for Manchester City at a ludicrous rate.
Bruno Fernandes (CM) – Manchester United‘s saviour was in ridiculous form in 2020, racking up goals and assists at a rate nobody else in the Premier League could match.
Kylian Mbappe (ST) – Mbappe fired PSG to another Ligue 1 title and even steered his side to the Champions League final for the first time in recent memory.
Robert Lewandowski (ST) – Robbed of the Ballon d’Or, Lewandowski did manage to lift The Best FIFA Men’s Player award, and he’s got a TOTY trophy to add to his cabinet.
Cristiano Ronaldo (ST) – The highest goalscorer in the history of football was his usual prolific self in 2020. Ronaldo shattered records in both Serie A and the Champions League, so he’s fully deserving of a spot in this team. He won’t mind getting one up on Messi, either.