Just one Premier League player, Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany, has made it into the World Soccer Team of the Year, which has been announced today.
The magazine’s XI, voted for by a team of journalists, coaches, officials and former players from around the world, is led by Cristiano Ronaldo, Radamel Falcao and Lionel Messi, who also scooped the World Soccer Player of the Year prize.
Kompany captained Manchester City last season as they claimed their first league title in 44 years at the expense of rivals Manchester United on the last day of the season.
Kompany lines up alongside Philipp Lahm, Sergio Ramos and Jordi Alba in defence, with Ramos accumulating the most votes out of the four.
The Belgian’s club team-mate Yaya Toure came close to earning a spot in midfield but just missed out to Andres Iniesta, Andrea Pirlo and Xavi.
Chelsea’s Ashley Cole, Tottenham’s Gareth Bale and Manchester United forward Robin van Persie were also in contention for a spot in the team but didn’t accumulate enough votes from the judging planel, which is made up of over 100 experts.
Elsewhere, Spain manager Vicente del Bosque scooped the manager of the year award having led his side to Euro 2012 glory, while La Roja were also named the team of the year by the magazine, polling almost half of all votes cast.
Messi ended up well clear of Ballon d’Or rival Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for the magazine’s World Player of the Year prize, with the Barcelona forward claiming 47% of the vote to Ronaldo’s 19% - although the Portuguese winger actually accumulated the most votes for a place in the team of the year.
Messi's win marks the third time he has claimed the prize, while this year’s competition is the first time the awards have been based around a 50/50 split between expert and readers votes.
World Soccer Team of the Year 2012:
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid & Spain, 57 votes)
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid & Spain, 63)
Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich & Germany, 48)
Vincent Kompany (Manchester City & Belgium, 42)
Jordi Alba (Valencia/Barcelona & Spain, 42)
Andres Iniesta (Barcelona & Spain, 94)
Andrea Pirlo (Juventus & Italy, 72)
Xavi (Barcelona & Spain, 59)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal, 107)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina, 106)
Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid & Colombia, 57)