Six Juventus stars nominated for UEFA Team of the Year

Unsurprisingly, treble winners Barcelona have a significant contingent nominated to be included in Europe’s best XI for 2015

(L-R) Juventus' goalkeeper from Italy Gianluigi Buffon, Juventus' defender from Italy Leonardo Bonucci, Juventus' defender from Italy Giorgio Chiellini and Juventus' defender from Italy Andrea Barzagli celebrate after winning a UEFA Champions League group stage football match between Manchester City and Juventus at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, north-west England on September 15, 2015.   AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS

Juventus have a strong presence in the nominations for the UEFA Team of the Year after six players were recognised for their performances in 2015.

Gianluigi Buffon, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Claudio Marchisio, Paul Pogba and Alvaro Morata have all been put forward by UEFA in the official poll on their website.

Having clashed with Barcelona in the Champions League final in May, which the Spanish giants won 3-1 in Berlin, the Bianconeri face another challenge against the European champions given that eight of Luis Enrique’s stars have been nominated.

While Juventus boast the oldest and youngest candidates in Buffon and Pogba respectively, Arturo Vidal is also included in the list but the Chilean has of course since moved on to Bayern Munich.

Meanwhile, another Italian has made the list, with Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti also in contention to make the final lineup.

Voting is open until January 8, and here is the full list of players:

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Manuel Neuer (Bayern), Denys Boyko (Dnipro).

Defenders: Dani Alves, Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), David Alaba and Jerome Boateng (Bayern), David Luiz and Thiago Silva (PSG), Diego Godín (Atletico Madrid), Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus).

Midfielders: Ivan Rakitic, Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), James Rodriguez (Real Madrid), Grzegorz Krychowiak, Yevhen Konoplyanka (Sevilla), Hakan Calhanoglu (Bayer Leverkusen), Arturo Vidal (Bayern), Paul Pogba, Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Marco Verratti (PSG).

Forwards: Neymar, Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi (Barcelona ), Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Müller (Bayern), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), Alvaro Morata (Juventus).



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