Cristiano Ronaldo Excluded from Fans' Combined Real Madrid, PSG XI in Marca

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2018

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid reacts during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Real Sociedad at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 10, 2018 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Cristiano Ronaldo was not included in a combined Real Madrid-Paris Saint-Germain XI voted for by fans in Spanish publication Marca

The lineup is filled with talent from Los Blancos—seven of the 11 players ply their trade in the Spanish capital—but Ronaldo is not among them, with PSG's attacking trio of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Edinson Cavani taking up the three forward places.

Dani Alves is the only other player for the Parisian outfit to feature ahead of Wednesday's UEFA Champions League last-16 clash.

Ronaldo has been prolific once again this season:

He bagged a perfect hat-trick for Real in his last outing and has struck seven times in his last four matches.

OptaJose put his hat-trick in context:

However, the 33-year-old's numbers do not tell the whole story. Until recently, he had just four goals to his name from his first 14 La Liga appearances.

Most of his goals this season had come in the UEFA Champions League group stage, in which he scored nine times and found the net in all six matches.

While Ronaldo was superb in that group stage, it's worth noting seven of those nine goals came against either APOEL Nicosia or a Borussia Dortmund side that claimed just two points, which came from two draws with the Cypriot outfit.

Neymar, Cavani and Mbappe have enjoyed outstanding campaigns both domestically and in Europe.

The first two have netted 28 goals apiece in all competitions, with the former contributing 16 assists and the latter eight. As for Mbappe, he has racked up 15 goals and 14 assists.

Given their consistency over the whole season thus far, the trio are deserving of their place in the combined XI.

PSG come into the tie looking the stronger of the two sides, but that form may count for relatively little over the two legs against a team that have won the Champions League in three of the last four seasons.

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