Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have both been included in the Champions League squad of the season despite failing to reach the final.Ronaldo’s Juve only reached the last eight before being knocked out by Ajax, while Barca fell to eventual champions Liverpool despite Messi’s dazzling display in the first leg of their semi-final meeting.Messi’s 12 goals in the 2018-19 Champions League saw him claim the competition’s top scorer honour. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? After securing their sixth European crown with a 2-0 win over Tottenham in Saturday’s fina, Liverpool have three defenders in the squad – Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson and Virgil van Dijk – along with Georginio Wijnaldum, Sadio Mane and goalkeeper Alisson.Following their stunning run to the last four, Ajax have five representatives in the squad – captain Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong, David Neres, Hakim Ziyech and Dusan Tadic – while losing finalists Tottenham contribute Jan Vertonghen, Lucas Moura and Moussa Sissoko.The selection, which was made by UEFA’s technical observers, also includes Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele and Manchester City duo Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling.Among UEFA’s technical observers are Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez, England manager Gareth Southgate and former Manchester United boss David Moyes.#UCL Squad of the Season 2018/19 UEFA’s Technical Observers have selected their 20-man squad from this season’s UEFA Champions League… pic.twitter.com/OTCmSlp8KF — #UCLfinal (@ChampionsLeague) June 2, 2019 Champions League squad of the season in full: Alisson (Liverpool), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona); Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax), Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk (both Liverpool), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham); Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Frenkie de Jong (Ajax), Tanguy Ndombele (Lyon), David Neres (Ajax), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax); Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Lucas Moura (Tottenham), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Dusan Tadic (Ajax). Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Mrs Atkins’ plea comes a week after the Government opened the National County Lines Coordination Centre with a £3.6 million investment. A minister has urged tech companies to report teenagers suspected of ferrying drugs for gangs as part of a nationwide crackdown on the problem. Victoria Atkins, the crime, safeguarding and vulnerability minister, said Uber and Airbnb must train users to identify victims of grooming who have been forced to transport drugs across along routes called county lines.In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Mrs Atkins said: “Any help that major organisations like Uber can give would be very welcome. These huge companies are under quite a lot of public attention in terms of their corporate social responsibility and it would be very interesting if [they]could help us.”Exploited children are made to travel vast distances on trains and in taxis, including Uber cars. Once they reach their destination, they stay in properties rented by gangs, increasingly short-term lets and Airbnb homes.”This is not just a policing matter,” said Mrs Atkins. “We need to make people aware it’s happening so they’re alert to it. We also need the help of train operators, taxi drivers and local authorities.”–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The mother of a child who was groomed by a county lines gang welcomed the minister’s comments. “These kids are operating right under the noses of British Transport Police, on trains, in taxis and in Ubers, but no one is asking anything,” the mother, who asked to remain anonymous told the Telegraph. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. There are now 1,500 lines across the UK, according to the National Crime Agency’s (NCA) latest figures. Up to 10 children could be exploited along each route.Vince O’Brien, head of drugs and firearms at the NCA, said, “We’ve seen gangs take over properties from short term lets to hotels and Airbnb. We know they use rail or rad, which includes any kind of private hire.”A spokesman for Airbnb said it worked closely with authorities in relevant investigations and to train its users. Uber declined to comment.Airbnb added: “We have zero tolerance for inappropriate or illegal activity and permanently remove bad actors from our platform.”The company last month partnered with anti-trafficking organisation Polaris to tackle issues of modern slavery within the sharing economy. It also uses behavioural analysis to identify troublesome hosts and guests from using its service.Uber declined to comment.