Llemar Nicholson

Gianluigi Buffon – A Champions league would cap a career of the greatest goalkeeper in history who is amazingly still one of the very best around.

Dani Carvajal – Maybe the best fullback on form, Carvajal mixes attack and defense perfectly and his positioning doesn’t suffer as one would expect from a right-back supplying 11 assists and scoring three himself.

Federico Fazio – The Tottenham reject has found a home in Rome. Seventh most interceptions, fourth most in clearances, and eighth in aerial duels won is a fine return for the 30-year-old Argentine.

Diego Godín – Consistently at an elite level, it’s hard to look past Godin after yet another defining season.

Marcelo – He’s the best left back in the world. Attacking and creative flair give him the edge. Do not dispute this one.

Thiago Alcântara – Barcelona must be ruing this particular transfer, especially given their own current midfield woes.

Toni Kroos – Real Madrid may have the attacking talents of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Isco, and company, but the German and Luka Modrić are the classy core.

Naby Keïta – Not a bad breakout season at all for the 22-year-old. Tackles, interceptions, 15 goals or assists and prolific dribbling are hard to argue against.

Lionel Messi – One can only watch and marvel every time this man makes something happen. Those style points still accumulate.

Emil Forsberg – RB Leipzig made a splash this season, and they have Forsberg to thank in large part for his 19 assists that has the footballing world taking notice.

Cristiano Ronaldo – A machine built for efficient and ruthless scoring these days, Ronaldo is no longer the player he was. He’s a deliberate and effective punisher who keeps breaking records.

Subs: Gianluigi Donnarumma, Mats Hummels, Dani Alves, Ousmane Dembélé, Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens, Kylian Mbappé.

Marc Brown 

Gianluigi Buffon – Continuously defying his age with every remarkable save and burst of energy. Still amongst the best around, it’s no wonder the 39-year-old is being touted as a Ballon D’or candidate.

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Dani Alves – One of the best free transfers in recent memory. The Juventus man has looked as engaged as ever on both ends, especially in Champions League play.

Leonardo Bonucci – Marked the likes of Suarez and Falcao out of games during Juventus’ Champions League run and produced another stellar season in Serie A.

Diego Godín – He may have spit in the face of an opponent this season, but his play the last four seasons has been salivating to the point you could argue that he’s the world’s best central defender.

Benjamin Mendy – While Monaco’s world-beating attack grabbed most headlines, Mendy was a rock at the back for the Ligue 1 champions. Possessing blistering pace and a deadly cross, it’s no wonder Manchester City and Liverpool are hot on his heels.

Thiago Alcântara – Entering his prime, the Bayern Munich midfielder is finally fulfilling his high-end potential and was the Bundesliga’s best player this season.

Toni Kroos – Along with Thiago, Kroos is staking a serious claim as the best central midfielder around. Second in La Liga in assists and controlling games on a regular basis, Kroos has become a vital cog for club and country.

Lionel Messi – Still exudes dominance at every turn and we saw more of his all-round game, especially when Iniesta was absent, showing he can be great no matter what role he’s asked to occupy.

Bernardo Silva – Arguably the best player in Ligue 1 and the Champions League this season with his silky feet proving a constant headache for opposing markers. Smart by Manchester City to snap up this soon-to-be worldie before the summer window opens.

Cristiano Ronaldo – Aspects of his game, particularly dribbling and passing, have diminished. But his clutch gene is one-of-a-kind, coming up with big performances in big games domestically and in the Champions League. A fifth Ballon D’or looks very likely for CR7.

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Edinson Cavani – Finally becoming the main man up top after Zlatan’s departure, the Uruguayan exploded with 49 goals in all competitions and has become one of the most lethal marksmen in Europe.

Subs: Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Ousmane Dembélé, Emil Forsberg, Dries Mertens, Kylian Mbappé.

Danhai Williams 

Gigi Buffon – Legend of the game fully deserving of all the plaudits he’s received this season. Has a chance to win the one trophy that has evaded him throughout his career this weekend.

Dani Alves – Juve seem to have a knack for getting brilliant players for free. His performances in the CL semifinal tie against Monaco seemed to roll back the years. Excellent showing from the Brazilian.

Leonardo Bonucci – Coolness personified at the back for Juventus.

Diego Godin – One of the best centre backs in the game and showed it consistently throughout the season.

Marcelo – Calling him the best left back in the world is an understatement. Arguably Real Madrid’s most important player.

Toni Kroos – Not even Barcelona fans can hate on Kroos Control. Even Xavi recognizes his brilliance.

Thiago Alcântara – How Barcelona let him go is beyond me. With Iniesta on the wane, he’d have been the perfect replacement and then some for the midfield maestro.

Bernardo Silva – Successor to David Silva at Man City. Glided past players with ease all the way to the Ligue 1 title, overthrowing PSG’s dominance.

Lionel Messi – Still the best player on the planet.

Cristiano Ronaldo – He’s definitely declined, there’s no going around that. Now only scores 40 goals instead of his usual 50.

Edinson Cavani – Returned to his favoured central striking position after Zlatan left for Manchester United and repaid Unai Emery’s faith with a staggering 49 goals in 50 games.

Subs: Gianluigi Donnarumma, Benjamin Mendy, Łukasz Piszczek, Ousmane Dembélé, Dries Mertens, Emil Forsberg, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.