Ryan’s Take On The FifPro XI
Unless you have been living under a rock you, non-football fans permitted you would have known that Lionel Messi has been officially crowned the greatest player on the planet for a fourth consecutive year, hardly a surprise given how his 2012 went. Whilst there could be the smallest of claims and objections surrounding the winner of the award, Messi was a justifiable recipient.
Whilst I could speak volumes of my admiration and fascination of the Barcelona forward, I will leave that for another time, if my fellow writers at Trentsetters allow me to. Instead I am going to speak of another award handed out last night, the FIFPro Team of The Year or La Liga Team of The Year.
Not to be mistaken Spain’s premier division is home to the best players in the world, the El Classico attracts the most amounts of viewers because of their elite names. However not all of them deserved to be included in the world’s best eleven.
The list seemed to look like a job well done from those that voted until I saw Dani Alves and Marcelo on the list. Undoubtedly two great fullbacks, Marcelo will go onto enjoy a lavish career at Real Madrid if he stays injury free and he learns the fundamentals of being a defender, but then again he is Brazilian.
Dani Alves on the other hand endured possibly one of his worst years as Barcelona’s number one right back. At the end of the 2010-2011 season he reclaimed his Brazilian number two jersey and became Lionel Messi’s best friend on the football field. But due to injuries and a lack of form has now become the weak link in Barcelona’s back four and will be overtaken by youngster Martin Montoya sooner rather than later as the year progresses.
So who to include instead of the Brazilian wing backs? Well I find it unjust that Philip Lahm was excluded from the line up. Possibly the most consistent fullback in the last eight years or so had a great year, captaining Bayern Munich to the Champions League final and also guiding Germany to the semi-finals of the Euro’s. Ashley Cole could have been considered after helping Chelsea park the bus en route to Roman Abramovich’s I mean Chelsea’s Champions League victory.
Funnily enough I haven’t even touched on why and how arguably one of the best player midfielders in the world Andrea Pirlo was not included in the team of the year. But just like my enthralment of Lionel Messi, I’ll save that for another day.
My FifPro World XI: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid, Spain) Philip Lahm (Bayern Munich, Germany) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid, Spain) Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund, Germany) Ashley Cole (Chelsea, England) Andrea Pirlo (Juventus, Italy) Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona, Spain) Andres Iniesta (Barcelona, Spain) Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina) Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid, Colombia) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Portugal)
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