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European XI: Team of the season

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Thiago Silva makes the team after a dominant season for PSG. (©GettyImages)
Thiago Silva makes the team after a dominant season for PSG. (©GettyImages).

This season has seen many champions dethroned with Juventus one of the few teams to retain their own league crown. 

Manchester United won the title back off their city rivals Manchester City whilst PSG and Bayern Munich strolled to success in France and Germany respectively.

They have obviously been the standout teams in European football but who have been the outstanding players? We take a look at the team of the season for the 2012/2013 season.  

Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich and Germany) 

The German was integral in Bayern Munich's successful season, making incredible saves to help Bayern edge towards a record-breaking title win. His shot stopping and reflexes are unmatched by any other keeper in the game right now.

Right back: Philip Lahm (Bayern Munich and Germany) 

Another German on the list, Lahm has led from the front and his assured leadership has helped Bayern this term. Lahm also played a key role in making Bayern the best defence in Europe and is a threat going forward too. He may well captain the Bavarians to an historic treble win.

Centre back: Thiago Silva (PSG and Brazil) 

The main reason why PSG have one of the most stable defences in Europe is down to the bulky Brazilian. Silva is one the main starters for PSG and has been in the thick of the action for the Ligue 1 side. His intelligent defending makes him a hard defender to get by. 

Centre back: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid and Spain) 

The vice-captain of the Los Blancos, Ramos is a leader on and off the pitch. Ramos rallies his troops with efficiency and is also a sound defender. Ramos also has an eye for goal scoring four this season making him a prolific and reliable defender. 

Left back: Jordi Alba (Barcelona and Spain) 

The Spaniard has fitted well with the Catalan side and is an able replacement for the ailing Abidal. Alba is deadly down the flank and can be a potent threat on the counter and can defend well too. His goal against AC Milan in the Champions League sealed an incredible comeback for Barcelona. 

Centre midfield: Arutro Vidal (Juventus and Chile) 

Vidal has flourished with Juventus, averaging 4.9 tackles per game, which is very good for a defensive midfielder. His 13 goals and 10 assists in all competitions suggest he's a threat going forward too and he has been one of the standout players for Juventus this term. 

Right wing: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid and Portugal) 

The deadly Portuguese just had to be on this list and his goal scoring record is unbelievable, drawing comparisons to Leo Messi. The top scorer in this year’s Champions League, Ronaldo has been integral for Madrid scoring 46 times for them this term. 

Left wing: Gareth Bale (Tottenham and Wales) 

The Welsh winger swooped all the individual domestic awards this season and he has a knack for scoring world-class goals every week. Bale has been at his prolific best this season, scoring 23 times and assisting eight times down the wing. 

Centre attacking midfield: Leo Messi (Barcelona and Argentina) 

Considered the greatest of all time, it’s hard to disagree, as his goal scoring record is truly unreal. With 54 goals and 14 assists this term, Messi has maintained his high standard this season. 

Centre forward: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG and Sweden) 

I think we all remember that incredible 4-goal haul by the Swede against England and he scored a sensational overhead kick, touted one of the greatest goals of all time. 

Zlatan also maintained this form at club level scoring for fun in France, bagging 30 goals and 14 assists in all competitions this season. 

Striker: Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid and Colombia) 

Falcao's stock is certainly rising each season and this season he has maintained his excellent goal scoring record. Falcao has scored 31 goals in all competitions and is one of the deadliest finishers in the world right now. 


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