Yesterday, we examined why Liverpool was the team of 2019.
Today, we focus on the best players.
For this article, we’re looking at 2019 as a whole. What players have had the best 2019 from January – December? Work for club and country count. No leagues are excluded, but the starting XI will predominantly be weighted towards the four major European domestic leagues.
Best XI of 2019
We’re going with a 4-4-2 formation here.
Players who make the bench: Cristiano Ronaldo, Angel di Maria, Chris Smalling, Sadio Mane, Fernandinho, Luis Suarez, Timo Werner.
Some key takeaways:
- Kevin de Bruyne was a tough addition as he’s missed a lot of time earlier in the year. However, his 2019 season has been so off-the-charts it makes him a must inclusion.
- The hardest overall spot to fill with the second center-back to go with Virgil van Dijk. If it was just the first half of 2019, Chris Smalling would’ve made it. Kalidou Koulibaly gets the nod because of his standout performances in the UCL.
- It was splitting hairs between Raheem Sterling and Sadio Mane. Sterling’s assist totals from earlier in 2019 give him the edge.
- Robert Lewandowski and Kylian Mbappe have been so prolific that they kept Ronaldo out of the starting squad. Had this been a 4-3-3 Ronaldo would’ve likely gotten the nod.