Team of the Year 2018: stats breakdown

Team of the Year 2018: stats breakdown's editors and correspondents helped to make the selection based on players' domestic and international performances, as well as their displays in our men's club competitions: the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup. Take a a closer look at the top-line figures.

Key stats
▪ At 34, Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini is the oldest player nominated.

▪ The tallest player in the initial selection is Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who stands at 1.95m.

▪ The shortest nominee is just 1.69m tall, Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kanté.

▪ Seven of the players have made over 100 UEFA club competition appearances.

▪ The youngest player in the selection is just 19, Paris forward Kylian Mbappé.

▪ The 50 players nominated have a combined age of 1389, and an average age of 27.78. Midfield is the oldest line (average age, 28.07), with the defenders averaging a relatively youthful 27.40.

Team of the Year nominees by club
9 Real Madrid
7 Barcelona
6 Atlético, Liverpool
4 Juventus
3 Manchester City, Paris
2 Bayern, Chelsea, Marseille, Roma, Tottenham
1 Manchester United, Napoli

Team of the Year nominees by national team
10 France
6 Spain
5 Brazil
4 Uruguay
3 England, Germany
2 Argentina, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Senegal
1 Costa Rica, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Wales

▪ There are twice as many Uruguayans as Argentinians among the nominees.

▪ There are three African internationals in the selection.

▪ Seven Serie A players have been nominated, but only one Italian.

▪ There are ten French nominees, but only three of those play in Ligue 1.

Team of the Year nominees by domestic league
22 Liga (Spain)
14 Premier League (England)
7 Serie A (Italy)
5 Ligue 1 (France)
2 Bundesliga (Germany)