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European XI of the Season for 2017/18

Which 11 players impressed the most in Europe's top 5 leagues?

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Top 5 / Top 10 14 May 2018, 21:31 IST
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Real Madrid v Barcelona - La Liga
Do Cristiano Ronaldo AND Lionel Messi make the cut?

The most dreaded time of the year for football fans is edging closer by the minute. While the Premier League and the Bundesliga seasons came to an end this weekend, there is only one more matchday in the remaining top European leagues, before it's time to say goodbye to the 2017/18 campaign and move on to the next season.

Admittedly, we have the FIFA World Cup to look forward to this summer, which makes the time of waiting less painful. However, it is still the time to reflect on what has been a wonderful season for all football fans.

While many of the title races were decided early, the dominance of Europe's top teams was still highly impressive and we got to see some of the best players in the world perform at the absolute peak of their abilities.

Particularly this season, finding the eleven players deemed worthy of being in the European Team of the Season was incredibly hard, as there were so many players to pick from.

And while there are statistics, club success, as well as individual accolades to go by, you can't help but feel that everybody's individual Team of the Season would be different. 

Note: Only league performances have been considered.


Goalkeeper: David De Gea (Manchester United)

Manchester United v Watford - Premier League
David De Gea won the Premier League Golden Glove award

What David De Gea does with a pair of goalkeeping gloves sometimes seems to defy the laws of physics. His insane reaction time and athletic ability have paved his way into the small elite group of goalkeeper's that may be able to call themselves "the best".

The Spanish International has conceded just 28 goals in 37 matches in the Premier League and has achieved something he has never done before. He has kept 18 clean sheets this season, making him this season's winner of the prestigious Golden Glove Award.

The fact that de Gea has won the award for the first time, despite being voted as Manchester United's best player in three of the past five years, speaks volumes about his defense.

He made 3.1 saves per game this season - in contrast, Manchester City's Ederson has made 1.6 saves per game while conceding one goal less. It is also the highest average on any goalkeeper playing for the Top 6.

With a whoscored.com average rating of 6.83, he is also the highest rated goalkeeper from the top 6, this is not just a testament to his consistency but also to his ability to make the impossible possible.

His most impressive performance of the season undoubtedly came in Manchester United's 3-1 victory at the Emirates in December. He made an incredible 14 saves in one match - the joint-most by a Premier League goalkeeper since 2004.

De Gea's goalkeeping talent, alongside his ability to perform so consistently behind an erratic Manchester United defence, make him one the best in the business and justify his spot as our Goalkeeper of the Season.


Honourable mention: Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid)

Oblak has been phenomenal this season, conceding just 20 goals, while keeping 22 clean sheets in 36 matches between the posts. However, in this case, his team didn't do him a favour as Atletico's strong defence is what causes his omission from this list.

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