The FIFA World Team of the year was announced in a ceremony that also crowned Lionel Messi as the World Player of the Year, and it’s a pretty good one. It was voted on by the players, which makes it all the more special to be selected as one of the best by your colleagues.

The team lines up in a 4-3-3 formation: Casillas; Dani Alves, Evra, Terry, Vidic; Xavi, Iniesta, Gerrard; Ronaldo, Messi, Torres.

As expected, Champions League holders Barcelona have the most players with four, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Liverpool all have two, while Chelsea have one. It is a little bit strange seeing Liverpool struggle so badly (by their standards) this season and knowing they have two of the best players in the world, which goes to show you how unlucky they’ve been with injuries. They never seem to be able to get both Torres and Gerrard playing—when one is fit, the other is usually injured.

From an international point of view, European Champions Spain have four representatives, England have two, while Brazil, Argentina, France, Serbia and Portugal all have one. Quite easy to see why Spain are the favorites for next year’s World Cup, and they’ll hardly get a better chance to win it than this.

Perhaps the only player I would say is missing is Kaka, though looking at that line-up, it is hard to find a place even for him. Really wouldn’t mind seeing how this team would play together in a friendly or something of the sort.


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