An unorthodox 4-2-4 was selected by UEFA's brass in an effort to include Ronaldo in an attack-heavy frontline alongside Lionel Messi, Sadio Mane, and Robert Lewandowski, according to a report from ESPN FC's Samuel Marsden.
The Portuguese international's inclusion came at the expense of Chelsea fan favorite N'Golo Kante, who was initially part of the XI in a three-man midfield with Barcelona's Frenkie de Jong and Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne.
Ronaldo currently sits joint-second in Serie A for goals with 14 in his second campaign with the eight-time reigning Italian champs. Juventus teammate Matthijs de Ligt was also named to UEFA's 2019 team.
The Team of the Year, which was unveiled Wednesday, was determined by a vote on UEFA's website.
Goalkeeper: Alisson (Liverpool)
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Andrew Robertson (Liverpool)
Midfielders: Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)
Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)