Lionel Messi was, with 59.8%, the most selected forward, followed by Cristiano Ronaldo with 55.7%, and, somewhat surprisingly, Eden Hazard with 38%.
In a vote decided by 8.8 million fans, De Bruyne has been recognised for his role in Manchester City's stunning form so far this campaign, with the former Wolfsburg man establishing a reputation as one of the finest creative midfielders in world football at present.
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Interestingly, Ronaldo was the only player to make it to the team from the top 10 most expensive players of all time.
The 4-4-2 formation team has a magnificent backline comprising of Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Giorgio Chiellini and Dani Alves.
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At 39-years-old, Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon extends his record as the oldest player to make the team while the only other Serie A player included is team-mate Giorgio Chiellini.
It is the pair's debut appearance in the line-up and they are the first Belgians to be voted into the Team of the Year while De Bruyne is the first City player to have made the XI.
Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric join Ronaldo in the team, while Messi is the only Barcelona player to feature.
Ligue 1's sole representative is Dani Alves of PSG.