Premier League snubbed as La Liga stars comprise FIFA World XI
FIFA World XI made up completely of players from La Liga - no Premier League representative
FIFA unveiled their Team of the Year in Zurich last night, with the World XI made up completely of players from La Liga.
50,000 FIFPro professional players took their chance to vote, and every single position filled with a player from the Spanish top flight.
Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas – recently dropped by manager Jose Mourinho – got the nod in goal, whilst the back four was comprised of Dani Alves, Marcelo, Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos.
Continuing the Madrid-Barcelona theme, a midfield three of Xavi Hernandez, Xabi Alonso and Andres Iniesta was next to be revealed in the line-up.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were obvious choices up-front, with Atletico Madrid hitman Radamel Falcao - the only player outside ‘the big two’ from Spain’s top flight - joining the duo in a front three.
There was no place in the side for any of Chelsea’s Champions League heroes, despite their semi-final victory over red-hot favourites Barcelona.
Manchester United forward Robin Van Persie was also snubbed after a fine year for Arsenal and the Red Devils, whilst the stars of Manchester City’s title-winning side were also overlooked.
FIFA/FIFPro World XI 2012:
Goalkeeper: IKER CASILLAS
Defenders: DANI ALVES, MARCELO, GERARD PIQUÉ, SERGIO RAMOS
Midfielders: ANDRÉS INIESTA, XABI ALONSO, XAVI HERNANDEZ
Forwards: CRISTIANO RONALDO, RADAMEL FALCAO, LIONEL MESSI