Four La Liga-based players have been named in the Euro 2016 Team of the Tournament, but Gareth Bale is not one of them.
Marca reports the decision to leave out Bale was “one of the most controversial”, given the Real Madrid star’s influential role in Wales’ historic run to the semi-finals, while there were no Barcelona players named – in stark contrast to the three from Los Blancos.
“After quite a bit of deliberation, the observers chose a team that features the best performing players from the best performing teams at UEFA EURO 2016,” said UEFA coaching ambassador Sir Alex Ferguson, who was joined in the panel of technical observers by former Real Sociedad boss and his Manchester United successor David Moyes.
“We have chosen dominant central defenders; full-backs who can defend and attack; deep-lying midfielders who can control the game and dynamic, flexible and creative attackers, all of whom have the ability to create and score goals.
“We believe that the selected XI represents the best of the competition.”
Euro 2016 Team of the Tournament: Rui Patricio (Portugal); Joshua Kimmich (Germany), Jerome Boateng (Germany), Pepe (Portugal), Raphael Guerreiro (Portugal); Toni Kroos (Germany), Joe Allen (Wales); Antoine Griezmann (France), Aaron Ramsey (Wales), Dimitri Payet (France); Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)