2018-2019 Team of the Season
Alisson is the Brazilian national team starter and ex-Roma goalkeeper. He had a big hand in Liverpool finishing second in the EPL and winning the Champions League.
Ferland Mendy is a soon to be 23 year old left back. Another Lyon prospect but not from Lyon’s own academy. Mendy grew up at Le Havre’s famous production line which has included the likes of Paul Pogba and Dimitri Payet in the past. He is rumoured to be the subject of €50+ million bids by Real Madrid and Manchester City.
Milan Skriniar is the consistent central defender at Inter Milan. He has been there since 2017. The Slovakian international is one of the reasons Inter finished with a Serie A second best 33 goals allowed.
Virgil van Dijk was another reason for Liverpool’s success and his pace and solidity have impressed since a very expensive
€ 85 million transfer from Southampton. The central defender has boasted excellent stats with attackers finding it near impossible to dribble past him.
Joshua Kimmich struggled, like most of his team mates, at the 2018 World Cup but is nevertheless solid and very important on the right hand side for Bayern Munich and his country. Still only 24.
Dusan Tadic had a rebirth of sorts at Ajax after being mostly underused in the English Premier League. Multiple impressive performances in the Champions League where Ajax reached the semis and in the Eredivisie where Ajax overtook PSV and won the title.
Frenkie de Jong (22), much like his Ajax team mate, impressed and earned an expensive transfer to Barcelona. The midfielder controlled games from the middle of the pitch and provided the focal point for much of Ajax’s excellent 2018-2019.
Eden Hazard spent his last season at Chelsea helping the team win the Europa League and be a vital component in unlocking league opposition. He will now do it again elsewhere, Real Madrid will likely be the destination with a massive €100+ million transfer fee going the other way.
Lionel Messi is Lionel Messi and with him at the helm Barcelona won another La Liga title. Despite the Champions League disappointment where Liverpool produced a historic come from behind win the Argentinian scored another 51 goals (in all competitions).
Kylian Mbappe led PSG to another Ligue 1 title. Still only 20 he scored 33 league goals, 11 more than Lille’s Nicolas Pepe in second place. His goal tally was over 30% of his team’s goals.
Raheem Sterling scored important goals for Manchester City, both in the Champions League and the premiership. He grew as a team leader and his play earned him spots on many end of season awards.