Angel Di Maria was voted Man of the Match in Real Madrid’s 4-1 win over city rivals Atletico Madrid in last season’s Champions League final in Lisbon.
And the 26-year-old Argentine midfielder, who now plays for Manchester United has been rewarded with a place in UEFA all-star XI of the year alongside Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and former Real teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.
Four Bayern Munich players made the team which was voted for by 8.6million fans across the continent.
Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich).
Defenders: Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), David Alaba (Bayern Munich).
Midfielders: Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).
Striker: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain).
Statistically, Di Maria had the most assists in Europe in 2014, 20 more than any other player while Ronaldo scored 61 goals for club and country, including a penalty in the victory in the final against Atletico.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo’s Ballon d’Or rival Messi broke record after record despite Barcelona failing to hit top form last year.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic leads the line in a 4-5-1 formation after the maverick Swedish striker lead PSG to their second Ligue 1 title, scoring several spectacular goals in the process.
*2014 club status was used.