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UEFA dropped Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante from the Team of the Season to accommodate Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Daily Mail.
On Wednesday, UEFA revealed the Team of the Year, which is voted by supporters and the formation picked was a rarely-used 4-2-4.
UEFA chose to use the 4-2-4 formation and drop midfielder Kante because Ronaldo finished fourth in the forwards category, behind rival Lionel Messi, Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.
The move by UEFA raises serious questions over the integrity of the exercise and it’s a disrespect to Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante.
The report by Daily Mail also revealed the initial announcement over the team was meant to be made public last week, but the Ronaldo decision and subsequent manoeuvring prompted a delay.
A source at UEFA told Daily Mail: “This is really not good. It is effectively vote rigging. Such is Ronaldo’s popularity at a senior level within the organisation, alarm bells sounded when he did not make the cut and, as a result, the formation was changed. It makes you wonder what else they get up to.”