Ozil And Bale Make UEFA Team of the Year Ahead Of Messi!

By on January 15, 2014

Mesut Ozil has been named in the UEFA Team of the Year along with former Tottenham attacker Gareth Bale. However, shockingly, there is no place in the star-studded XI for Barcelona maestro Lionel Messi!

Ozil spent the first half of 2013 with Real Madrid before joining Arsenal in the summer for £42.5m and it seems he’s done enough to earn a place alongside Frank Ribery and Marco Reus in what’s a very attack-minded midfield.

The German saw off competition from the likes of Andres Iniesta and Xavi to make the team, so we should certainly be very proud to have one of our own named ahead of such illustrious company.

Understandably, the recently crowned Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo was selected but there was no place for the man who came second and scored 45 goals in 46 appearances in 2013 – Lionel Messi – as the other two places up front went to Gareth Bale and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

I’m not sure who voted for or picked the UEFA team, but somebody needs their head read. Omitting Messi when Bale is picked is simply laughable if you ask me. He should have been the second, if not the first, name on the team sheet along with Ronaldo.

Anyway, congratulations Mesut. Here’s the full UEFA team of the year 2013:

Neuer; Lahm, Ramos, Thiago Silva, Alaba; Reus, Ozil, Ribery; Bale, Ibrahimovic, Ronaldo.


  1. Sylvia Etock

    January 15, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    I am glad an Arsenal player fall among the first X1 congrat Ozil keep it up

  2. Joseph

    January 15, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Am happy for him, he’s a great attacker

  3. haris

    January 16, 2014 at 10:15 am

    This summed it all why Fan-voting is still discouraged by other governing bodies. ‘Messi:’ 42 goals in 46 appearances for the club and the country (despite being off from football more than 2 months) and yet failed to make a cut.

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