Sadio Mane Left Out Champions League Squad Of Season Despite Finishing As Joint-Second Highest Scorer

 Sadio Mane failed to make the Champions League squad of the season - despite finishing as joint-second highest scorer

Sadio Mane has been left out of the Champions League squad of the season – despite being joint-second highest goalscorer in the competition.

Mane hit the back of the net ten times as Liverpool finished as runners-up after they were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid in the final.

But the Senegal star failed to make the cut when the select group of best players in the tournament was named today.

There were five forwards who made the cut – with 15-goal leading scorer Cristiano Ronaldo and obvious selection.

Liverpool stars Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino both got the nod having scored ten times apiece in the competition.

Mane was the only other two have reached double figures but he was not chosen, with the other two places going to Edin Dzeko and Lionel Messi.

Dzeko’s eight goals helped Roma reach the semi-finals, where they were beaten by Liverpool on the way to the final in Kiev.

But though Barcelona star Messi is one of the best players in the world, he only struck six goals and was unable to prevent his team crashing out in the last eight.

Reds team-mate Milner broke the record for the most assists in one Champions League season, playing from midfield.

But that wasn’t enough to see him get a place out of five midfielders – three of them coming from champions Real.

Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro were the Real stars chosen, joined by James Rodriguez of Bayern Munich and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne.

Liverpool’s run to the final did see a third player honoured, with Virgil Van Dijk getting selected even though he only joined mid-season.

Real’s much criticised keeper Keylor Navas and Roma stopper Alisson were chosen between the posts.

Three more Real players were selected in defence, Raphael Varane, Marcelo and controversial captain Sergio Ramos.

Juventus’ brilliant defender Giorgio Chiellini and Bayern’s impressive Joshua Kimmich were the others to make the 18-man squad.

Champions League Squad of the Season 2017/18

Goalkeepers

Keylor Navas, Alisson

 

Defenders

Joshua Kimmich, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Giorgio Chiellini, Virgil Van Dijk, Raphael Varane

 

Midfielders

Kevin De Bruyne, Casemiro, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, James Rodriguez

 

Forwards

Edin Dzeko, Roberto Firmino, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah.

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