The European football governing body, UEFA, made changes in the formation of their fans team year to make room for Cristiano Ronaldo.
The most used formation by the organisation has been the tried and tested 4-3-3 which has been used six times in the last seven years.
The formation used this year to make the selection was rarely used. They chose the 4-2-4 formation which has raised many eyebrows.
(UEFA team of the year 2019 which was released on Wednesday)
It can now be disclosed that the reason for doing so was because the Portuguese finished fourth in the forward’s category, behind rival Lionel Messi, Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.
This did not please the Chiefs of the organisation hence switched the formation to make room for the Juventus star. The unlucky man sacrificed was French midfielder N’Golo Kante who finished behind De Jong and De Bruyne in his category.
(Chelsea and French midfielder, N’Golo Kante)
According to sources, the initial release date was delayed by a week to manoeuvre the forward’s inclusion into the team since Ronaldo would have missed out of 2019 UEFA Team of the year.
A source said: ‘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.’
UEFA’s spokesperson suggested that the choice of formation this year was largely based on the players’ performance in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Nations League to reflect the votes of the fans in parallel with the players’ achievements in UEFA competitions.
If this was so, Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva should have made the selection in the usual 4-3-3 formation who was also a winner of the UEFA Nations League and was in the same category with Kante. But UEFA included Cristiano Ronaldo for his popularity among the Chiefs of the organisation.