No player of Nigerian descent has been included in UEFA Champions League breakthrough team of 2016.
Europe’s governing body has selected the eleven most outstanding players for each position who have broken through in 2016, leaving out the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) and Josh Onomah (Tottenham Hotspur).
Other footballers with Nigerian blood in their veins that participated in the competition this season include Ahmed Musa (Leicester City), Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) and David Alaba (Bayern Munich).
The symbolic starting eleven is managed by Real Madrid coach Zinédine Zidane .
UEFA Champions League Breakthrough Team
Goalkeeper: Alphonse Aréola (Paris Saint-Germain)
Defender: Sergi Roberto (Barcelona)
Defender: Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona)
Defender: Victor Lindelöf (Benfica)
Midfielder: Thomas Lemar (Monaco)
Midfielder: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern München)
Midfielder: Renato Sanches (Bayern München)
Midfielder: Raphaël Guerriero (Borussia Dortmund)
Forward: Christian Pulišić (Borussia Dortmund)
Forward: André Silva (Porto)
Forward: Ousmane Dembélé (Borussia Dortmund)
Coach: Zinédine Zidane (Real Madrid)
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