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FIFA 16 Ultimate Team of the Year
EA Sports have unveiled their hotly-anticipated FIFA 16 Ultimate Team of the Year, raising a few eyebrows with a failure to include a single player from the Premier League.

While there are places for the current big three, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, FIFA 16 favourites such as Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane are noticeable omissions, with no player from England's top division making the cut.

It's Spanish football that makes up the majority of the team, with eight of the 11 players currently plying their trade in La Liga, with just one from France's Ligue 1, one from Italy's Serie A and one player from the German Bundesliga.

The incredibly popular franchise first introduced the Ultimate Team concept in FIFA 09, allowing players to put together a team in their image, with chemistry and injuries then deciding how well a certain squad will perform.

Players from the same club, country or league usually enjoy good chemistry, meaning it isn't simply a case of just stacking your team with individual stars. EA released upgraded versions of this Team of the Year before distributing them in packs, which are then bought by users and used to play online.

These special cards become FIFA versions of Willy Wonka's Golden Ticket, with their rareness meaning their value in the transfer market remains high and these players continue to be in-demand.

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But rather than focus on players who aren't in this year's Ultimate Team, the names that have made the list are hard to argue against. Starting in goal with Manuel Neuer, who boasts a ranking of 96 on the game. There aren't any goalkeepers in world football or virtual football currently able to compete with the Bayern Munich keeper, who has been dropping hints about his Bayern future.

He will be a crucial part of a Germany team which is priced ahead of the summer at around 3/1 with the football betting to win Euro 2016. Ahead of Neuer is an intimidating defensive quartet of Real Madrid duo Marcelo and Sergio Ramos, alongside Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Thiago Silva and Barcelona right-back Dani Alves.

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In midfield, Barcelona stalwart Andres Iniesta makes the team again with his 95 rating, sitting in the middle of the park with Juventus' in-demand Paul Pogba and Real's Luka Modric alongside him in a three man midfield. While this is as creative a trio as you'll find in world football, it's in attack where you will find the real gems of this team.

In Lionel Messi, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo, we have three of the best players to have ever appeared in the FIFA franchise. It's no surprise that finding one of the trio in a pack is often enough to reduce teenagers to tears. With Messi rated as high as 99, Ronaldo at 98 and Neymar at 97, playing with any of these superstars on FIFA is a real joy and their respective form over the past 12 months have helped them make this Ultimate Team ahead of the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Luis Suarez and Kane.