The 2018/19 season has come to its end for European clubs that now are ready to take the competition to different grounds in the summer transfer window. This season was a very good one for several teams that featured some of the most talented and impressive players in every competition they played.
Albeit some footballers gained more attention than others, there was a big number of players who displayed the best of their games and earned a spot in the best squad of the year. Just in case you missed some things this season, that is exactly what we’re going to show you now: the best starting XI of the season, a team that nobody could defeat at this very moment, filled with the hottest players of the year.
This is the perfect and unbeatable squad in soccer right now.
Goalkeeper: Alisson Becker
This year he was a very important figure in the Reds’ season that ended up with the team finishing as runners-up in the Premier League behind Manchester City, racking up 97 points and losing only one game in 21 clean sheets for the keeper.
Moreover, the Brazilian took his side to win the maximum tournament a team can aspire to win in Europe, the Champions League against Tottenham, where Becker was the man of the match, rejecting every opportunity the Spurs had to score.
Right Back: Trent Alexander-Arnold
Alexander-Arnold is one of the most skilled players in his position at this moment, setting the bar for others, including players who are older than him. He showed vertigo in every game, he defended properly, joined teammates in the attack and showed an intelligence that made him the best right back of the season.
For instance, people still remember the play he did against Barcelona to give Liverpool the chance to qualify to the Champions League Finals.
Center Back: Virgil van Dijk
He is considered a top-five player in the Premier League and his good performances won’t be stopping in the near future. We are in front of one of those players that marks a generation and this guy can end his career as probably the best center back of all time. There are players who are leaders of a team without being the official captain and that’s the exact definition of Virgil van Dijk.
Center Back: Matthijs de Ligt
Matthijs became the captain of Ajax at the age of 19 and, contrary to what many people believed was going to happen, he stood up and embrace his responsibility, even helping the Dutch side to qualify to the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in over 20 years while winning a domestic double with the Lancers. This is one of the players who will rule football in the future; you just have to take a look at the things he’s already demonstrated he’s capable of doing on the pitch.
Left Back: Andrew Robertson
Robertson alongside Alexander-Arnold created one of the most dynamic and entertaining pair of wing backs in European football, with the two players creating a lot of chances for his teammates that took Liverpool to have the marvelous 2018/19 season the Reds had. Albeit this guy is not the fastest in his position, but he accompanies his teammates in the attack, is a very good defender and has a left-leg kick that creates a lot of dangers for rivals.
Right Midfielder: Donny van de Beek
Donny was a great partner for Frenkie de Jong this season; he showed how good he can be as a passer and how dangerous he can be when he decides to take the ball to the rival area and create chances either for himself or his teammates. He is expected to leave the club this season and take his talents to another team that can enhance Donny’s level. He is still young and has time to reach his peak, so the sky’s the limit for this guy.
Central Midfielder: Frenkie de Jong
He can run the team’s offensive through a whole game, can connect well with the attackers and the defenders and has a great intelligence on the pitch. Frenkie is seeing as the new Xavi by many people and the season he had with Ajax only confirmed that. We still have to wait to see the things he’ll be able to do in Barcelona, but the future looks bright for the Dutchman.
Left Midfielder: Christian Eriksen
Eriksen was one of the best passers in Europe this season, ranking third in assists in the Premier League with 12 and creating a lot of opportunities for a Tottenham squad that managed to get to the Champions League Finals without any signing. This Danish midfielder was one of the highest points of the team this season alongside Lucas Moura, and that’s why he’s one of the best midfielders of the campaign.
Right Winger: Lionel Messi
The Argentinian star was the top scorer of the Champions League with 12 goals, four more than his closest pursuer Robert Lewandowski and was the one who attempted more shots with 24. Messi also went to finish as the top scorer of the La Liga with 36 goals and if that wasn’t good enough, he tied with Pablo Sarabia as the best assistant, too, with 13. There is not much left to say about Messi, but this guy keeps demonstrating he’s not from this planet every single season.
Center Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo
Perhaps he didn’t count with the best players supporting him, but CR7 still took Juve to win the Serie A title for the eighth straight season. In doing so, he scored 21 goals, ranking 4th among all Serie A players; he also was the one with the most shot attempted with 151, showing that he was very active in front of the rivals’ nets. Perhaps his numbers weren’t as big as they used to, but Ronaldo made sure to remain as one of the best frontmen in football this year.
Left Winger: Sadio Mane
Sadio shared touches with Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah and still managed to overshadow them with his great performances. This season he finished as one of the top scorers of the Premier League thanks to his 22 goals while having outstanding performances in Champions League, like the one he had against Bayern in Allianz Arena, a game that made Liverpool look as serious contenders to win the tournament, something they eventually did.
Mane is one of the best forwards in football right now and his good performances don’t see to be nearing their end at this very moment. Liverpool indeed found a gem in this one.