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UEFA.COM TEAM OF THE YEAR Team of the Year 2016: nominees announced

The 40 contenders for's 2016 ideal XI, as voted for by users of the governing body's website, were confirmed on Monday.

Nominados al once del año.

The 40 nominees have been announced for the Team of the Year 2016, which is to be picked by users of the European governing body's official website.

18 players from Real, Barcelona and Atleti

Real Madrid boast the most contenders with eight, while Barcelona and Atlético Madrid also contribute to LaLiga's dominance of the list with five each.

The candidates for the ideal line-up, who were chosen by staff writers based on their performances for club and country during 2016, feature four goalkeepers, 12 defenders, 12 midfielders and 12 forwards.

Voting open until 3 January 

Football fans can vote for their XI on the UEFA website until Tuesday 3 January 2017, with the year's all-star team then revealed on Thursday 5 January. Team of the Year 2016 nominees

Goalkeepers: Keylor, Oblak, Buffon and Rui Patricio.

The goalkeepers nominated.
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The goalkeepers

Defenders: Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Godín, Juanfran, Piqué, Kimmich, Alderweireld, Boateng, Bonucci, Guerreiro and Koscielny.

The defenders nominated.
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The defenders

Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Iniesta, Carrasco, Pogba, Ramsey, Kanté, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Krychowiak, Allen and Payet.

The midfielders nominated.
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The midfielders

Forwards: Cristiano, Bale, Suárez, Messi, Neymar, Griezmann, Higuaín, Lewandowski, Aubameyang, Agüero, Ibrahimovic and Alexis.

The forwards nominated.
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The forwards

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