Eden Hazard was one of four Real Madrid players to make it into the Best FIFA Awards Men’s World XI which was announced on Monday night.
The Belgian international played a starring role in former side Chelsea’s Europa League triumph last season, with Sergio Ramos, Marcelo and Luka Modric were also included in the team, with two members of Liverpool’s Champions League squad also making the cut.
Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk were both crucial to the Reds’ sixth European Cup success in June.
Meanwhile, Barcelona and Juventus – like Liverpool – have two inclusions from their respective sides.
Lionel Messi and Frenkie de Jong are Barca’s representatives – though the Dutch midfielder was part of the Ajax time which got to the Champions League semi-finals in 2018/19.
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The same goes for Matthijs de Ligt who captained Ajax before switching to Juventus, while Cristiano Ronaldo unsurprisingly also get the nod in this star-studded side.
Joining Messi and Ronaldo in attack is teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe, who flies the flag for Paris Saint-Germain.
FIFA 20 is here and if you’re planning to get stuck into a game on Career Mode you’ll be desperate to land some top talent.
Everyone loves developing wonderkids and turning them into the best players on the planet, capable of demolishing every opponent you come up against.
Whether they’re to compliment the superstars already in your side and go from super subs to first-team heroes or whether you’re going to throw them in at the deep end, they can be a vital part of your squad.
But who are they players with the highest potential in FIFA 20? Thankfully EA Sports have let us in on the secret on their official website.
You can find you the top 20 below – so make sure you snap them up immediately.
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Centre-back Van Dijk also claimed the Defender of the Year prize, with Liverpool team-mate Alisson Becker winning Goalkeeper of the Year.
Messi was named the Forward of the Year award while his Barcelona team-mate Frenkie de Jong won Midfielder of the Year, however, De Jong won it for his performances playing for Ajax.
England defender Lucy Bronze was crowned the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year after helping her club Lyon win the Champions League for a sixth time.
Bronze beat Lyon team-mates Ada Hegerberg and Amandine Henry to the award and becomes the first English recipient of the honour, voted for by top coaches in the women’s game and journalists.
The awards were handed out at the 2019/20 Champions League group stage draw in Monaco, which saw Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City learn which three teams they’d have to face in their respective bids to reach the knockout stage of the competition.
Liverpool will face Napoli, FC Salzburg and Genk in Group E, while Spurs take on Bayern Munich, Olympiakos and Red Star Belgrade in Group B.
Europa League champions Chelsea face Ajax, Valencia and Lille in Group H on their return to Europe’s premier club competition.
Meanwhile, Premier League champions Manchester City will play Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb and Atalanta in Group C.
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Antoine Griezmann may well have completed his move to FC Barcelona this summer, but the World Cup winner clearly has a soft spot for Arsenal.
The 28-year-old posted a screenshot of his Football Manager game onto Twitter and revealed he is currently undertaking a save as the Gunners’ gaffer.
Time had elapsed in the game until 2023 and it is fair to say the former Atletico Madrid striker has assembled a world class squad.
Packed with a host of stars, there is not a single current squad member in the team, much to the chagrin of Alexandre Lacazette.
Replying to his France international colleague in the replies, Griezmann revealed that after winning the Premier League, Champions League and Carabao Cup in 2021, he sold the striker to Huddersfield for £23.5million!
Unai Emery may have splashed the cash on the likes of Kieran Tierney and Nicolas Pepe this summer, but the Spaniard will be envious of the side Griezmann has built at the Emirates.
But just who are the players Griezmann has picked for his Arsenal side? Given how much time has elapsed, there are a few ‘newgen’ players in the squad such as the goalkeeper – Hasan.
Below, talkSPORT.com has provided mini profiles on each real member of the team. ALl of the stats are from the game and are not the latest
Check out the sensational side Griezmann has created!
It’s never easy watching a talented young football team get torn apart by the vultures after a stunning season.
Ajax thrilled Europe last year with their carefree run to the Champions League semi-finals, dispatching powerhouses Real Madrid and Juventus on their way.
Most neutrals were rooting for them when they were eventually sent packing by Lucas Moura’s late strike at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
Delightful midfield ace De Jong was already snared by Barcelona, a £65million fee was shelled out for the 21-year-old who is set to learn the ropes next to Sergio Busquets at the Camp Nou.
De Light’s future was uncertain with a possible extra season stay in Amsterdam mooted but after a battle between Manchester United, Barcelona, and Juventus, the commanding centre-back – just 19-years-old – left for Turin in a £67m switch.
The Ajax coffers were loaded and their rebuild has been impressive but they won’t abandon their academy aces either.
So who are the wonderkids who could help them pick up where they left off as they star their season with the Johan Cruyff Shield against PSV Eindhoven this weekend?
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With Nicolas Tagliafico back late due to his exertions with Argentina at the Copa America, 19-year-old Dest has gabbed his pre-season opportunities by the scruff of the neck.
Manager Ten Hag has been suitably impressed and already suggested he will start against PSV on Saturday.
An American youth international, he could be set for many more games across the season, particularly with Daley Sinkgraven sold to Bayer Levekusen.
With De Jong gone, the man who the Barcelona man replaced in the Ajax midfielder looks set to get another chance to build a career in Amsterdam.
The 21-year-old saw his 2018/19 curtailed by injury but could really make an impact this season should Ten Hag give him a run in the first XI.
His main competition will be new signing Razvan Marin.
Having burst onto the scene as the 17-year-old captain and free-kick maestro of Fortuna Sittard in 2017/18, Ajax snapped up the youngster in January 2018.
He spent the rest of the campaign back in Sittard before playing for Jong Ajax last season, making 29 Dutch second division games and making one appearance for the seniors.
This summer, with De Ligt gone, he’s looked the business in his place, comfortable on the ball and real leader.
Like Eiting, he faces competition from new signings with Edson Alvarez and Lisandro Martinez coming in but you wouldn’t put it past him claiming a starting spot.
Tipped by fans for a breakthrough season, 20-year-old Lang may benefit the most from David Neres’ summer absence.
With the Brazilian away winning the Copa America, the ex-Feyenoord kid could well get minutes in the Johan Cruyff Shield and early in the campaign.
His showing against OFI Crete in pre-season was a particular highlight, while he can play as an attacking midfielder or a winger.
Still just 17, hopes are high for the midfielder and he’s another man who could push himself into the first-team reckoning this season.
Already composed and mature on the ball he can play in a number of roles in the centre of the pitch if required.
Having featured in pre-season, the 19-year-old could find himself splitting his time between the Eredivise and the Eerste Divisie with Jong Ajax as he continues his development in Amsterdam.
A spritely young left-sided centre-back, we backed Arsenal to target Martinez this summer but instead he’s moved to Ajax for £6.2m.
While some may baulk at his 5ft 9in height, the Argentine’s incredible technique with the ball at his feet makes him an attractive proposition in the modern game where centre-backs must be just as blessed with the ball as they are without it.
He’s got an excellent long range pass on him too if you’re looking for someone to spread the play. He’s can operate in a back-three or a back-four, and has also spent time at left-back, giving some versatility.
Set to be with Jong Ajax this year after a tough pre-season, the 19-year-old has bags of potential.
Pierie also has the potential to play at left-back and was being watched by Southampton.
Hilariously made to ‘write lines’ when he signed for the club from Emmen due to the fact he’s a Feyenoord fan.
At just 19 he was a first-team regular with his former club and looks set to join Dominik Kotarski in line to replace Andre Onana.
Another versatile player, Alvarez currently looks like the main man to ‘replace’ De Ligt in defence.
Comfortable on the ball, you’ll see him bring it out from the back – a lot, while he’s capable of playing at right-back and in defensive midfield.
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The former England international knows exactly what the Blaugrana are all about, having been a part of several memorable fIxtures between the sides – captaining the side for the the Champions League semi-final in 2011
“Barcelona are a team that I have some great memories of playing against, some good and some bad,” he told the club’s official website.
“I have always had a huge respect for them because when you play against Barcelona you know you are playing against, they say, more than a club, and I agree with that.
“We are very proud to be here to play this match.”
Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie De Jong are set to make their debuts for Barcelona, but Ernesto Valverde is set to be without a number of star names.
For Chelsea, both Tammy Abraham and goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga could be back after missing the defeat to Kawasaki Frontale through illness.
Midfielder N’Golo Kante has returned to the UK to undergo further rehab for a knee injury sustained towards the end of last season. The France international has not played a part in Chelsea’s pre-season thus far.
Chelsea are also without long-term absentees Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Willian and Antonio Rudiger as they continue their rehabilitation from long-term injuries.
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Although Christian Pulisic got his first minutes in a Chelsea shirt last time out, expect to see the experienced Pedro start initially against his former side.
Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen are both likely to be vying for a starting berth alongside David Luiz next season, with Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta first choice full-backs.
Mason Mount and Ross Barkley have arguably been the stand-out performers for the Blues so far, Tiemoue Bakayoko is enjoying a strong return to form as well.
Frankie de Jong has admitted he thought he would play for Arsenal before making the move to Barcelona.
The 22-year-old has been hailed as one of the brightest young talents in world football and was a star of the Ajax side which reached the Champions League semi-finals last season.
The midfielder was key to their remarkable victories over Real Madrid and Juventus, and he would have been playing in the final had it not been for Lucas Moura’s last-gasp goal sending Spurs to the June showpiece in their place.
In order to escape his Parisian purgatory, there are even suggestions Neymar will sacrifice as much as HALF of his mammoth weekly wages to ensure he gets his return.
So with all this talent on display, how on earth will Barcelona be able to fit all of their best players onto the pitch?
Below, talkSPORT.com has assembled a potential starting XI for Barcelona next season, including the players they have already signed and some of the players linked with a move.
As mentioned above, 32-year-old Pique is nearing the end of his established career. Having a 19-year-old alongside him will not only help with the gruelling leg work, but allow the Spain international to mentor De Ligt in the same way Carles Puyol once helped him. Both prefer the right side but Pique may well shift to the left due to his experience.
Jordi Alba still loves to bomb on from left-back and the introduction of Frenkie De Jong to the Barca midfield will only further compliment the side.
De Jong typically operates as a pivot in midfield, but does so from the left-hand side. This in turn allows his full-back to maraud forward with little to no regard for his defensive duties.
But it is up front where Barca would be most impressive. With Griezmann and Neymar supplying Luis Suarez up front and Messi pulling strings in his usual free role from the right, the Champions League trophy could finally be returning to Barcelona.