The curtain has come down on the 2017/18 Bundesliga campaign, but which members of the all-star cast did you pick for a spot in your FUT 18 FIFA Team of the Season? Here are the results!
For the second season running, the vote was coordinated with EA Sports, which meant all FIFA 18 fans had the unique chance to have their say in building the Bundesliga's Ultimate Team, with the winners in each position automatically earning a spot in the final FUT 18 XI.
There were three candidates for each position, albeit with two starting berths up for grabs in central defence, central midfield and in attack, in a 4-4-2 formation.
Here is the team you picked!
Lukas Hradecky(Eintracht Frankfurt)
Frankfurt is a city known for its financial shrewdness, and Eintracht certainly picked themselves up a bargain when they signed the Slovak-born Finn from Brondby in 2015. Blessed with that invaluable quality of being consistently reliable, should Hradecky leave the club in the summer, it will be a huge task to fill his gloves after a gold standard season.
Joshua Kimmich(Bayern Munich)
A jack-of-all-trades, the young Germany international has — as expected — become the master of one, settling snugly into the void left by Philipp Lahm. "Philipp who?" you say? Well, OK, not quite yet, but Kimmich has definitively shown this season that club and country have not misplaced their hopes in him.
Wow! Just when you thought Naldo might be thinking about taking it easier, the Brazilian produces arguably the best of his 13 seasons in Germany aged 35. Only Bayern Munich boast a better defensive record than the Royal Blues, and 'pivotal' does not begin to describe Naldo's part in that. Inspirational as he is immovable, the ex-Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg man has scored seven goals this season, and even gave us another trademark howitzer free-kick — in a derby win over Dortmund, to boot — to add to his pulse-racing collection.
Watch: Naldo's injury-time equaliser in the derby against Dortmund
Mats Hummels(Bayern Munich)
The Germany international remains one of the classiest centre-backs in the world game. Unflappable as ever, the ex-Borussia Dortmund man's ability to unerringly pick out a pass is just as valuable as his crystal-ball reading of the game, which enables him to snuff out danger before it can really threaten.
Wendell (Bayer Leverkusen)
Every forward-thinking team should have a Brazilian left-back, and Leverkusen's very own South American artist in the role has been as effective going forward as ever. The former Gremio man has also been much-improved in his defensive duties, making him a valuable asset for coach Heiko Herrlich.
Thomas Müller, Bayern Munich
Carlo Ancelotti might not have been able to figure out how to get the best from Müller, but Jupp Heynckes certainly has. The Germany international looked lost under the Italian, but has found his way — and his form — since Heynckes returned to the Allianz Arena. Look out world! The Raumdeuter is coming to Russia, and boy is he in form!
Leon Goretzka, Schalke
Another player with transfer talk to resolve, Goretzka's form did drop slightly after the announcement of his impending departure for Bayern Munich. But for all the ire Schalke fans have directed at their homegrown über-talent, they will no doubt acknowledge one of the club's best seasons in recent memory owes a great deal to their young midfielder.
James Rodriguez, Bayern Munich
The Colombia international came to Bayern on loan from Real Madrid with a point to prove. And boy has he done just that! It's clear: James' sublime, game-tilting talent is undamaged by his underwhelming spell in the Spanish capital. The former Monaco man has underscored again and again the uplifting effect he can have on a side's fortunes, slotting seamlessly into the Bayern set-up and — just when we thought it wasn't possible — made them more clinical, more spectacular and even more successful. The free-kick against Leverkusen and the masterclass in the Klassiker romp against Dortmund are just two of the highlights of a benchmark-setting first Bundesliga season.
Watch: All James' goals and assists in 2017/18
Leon Bailey, Bayer Leverkusen
The six months Bailey had to bed in last season did him — and Leverkusen — the world of good for this campaign. He was able to hit the ground running from Matchday 1, and when you have the rocket-fuelled pace of the Jamaican, that makes him a formidable opponent. The stand-out soloist in his potent quartet with Kai Havertz, Kevin Volland and Julian Brandt, Bailey has been a significant force behind Leverkusen's push for a top-four finish.
Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich
You can become blasé about continued brilliance, and we have certainly been spoiled by the Bayern forward. Even so, he just keeps on dropping jaws with his performances. With 28 goals, he looks highly likely to beat his career-best tally of 30 last season, and would you bet against him going beyond Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s record for a foreign-born player of 31? No, thought not.
Watch: What makes Lewy so special?
Michy Batshuayi, Borussia Dortmund
The Belgium international made filling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s diamond-encrusted boots look deceptively easy. The on-loan Chelsea forward’s explosive goal-fuelled start to life in Germany helped keep Dortmund’s bid for a top-two finish moving forward apace, with one premier-class striker seamlessly succeeding another. His injury-enforced end to the season cruelly cut short his stay at the Signal Iduna Park, which could have ended even more gloriously.