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Zidane and Five Madridistas Named to La Liga’s Team of the Year

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A fitting acknowledgement for a trophy-winning team

Real Madrid CF v Villarreal CF - La Liga Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Real Madrid have been recognized by uefa.com by having five players listed in their La Liga Team of the Year. The five players listed are: Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema and Thibaut Courtois. Zinedine Zidane was also named to the team as manager.

With these six players listed, Real Madrid are the most represented Spanish club. These players deserve it with phenomenal individual seasons that also ended with their first league title since the 2016-17 season.

Zidane also deserves it after leading this squad to its 34th league title. His first full return season to Real Madrid kicks off with great success. It has been a complete turnaround after the 2018-19 season was such a mess without him at the helm.

It was announced on Monday that there would be no Ballon d’Or awarded for this season, breaking an annual tradition since 1956. So, this is a somewhat nice consolation prize for players like Benzema and Ramos who made a strong case for likely getting into the award’s shortlist. Ramos scored 11 goals this season, the most of any La Liga defender. Benzema led the team with 21 goals, just four less than league-leading Lionel Messi.

Courtois was also awarded the Zamora Trophy, which rewards the La Liga goalkeeper who concedes the least amount of goals in a season. He only conceded 20 goals in 34 matches played and boasted a 0.59 goals allowed average per match.


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Posted by Managing Madrid on Wednesday, 22 July 2020