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World XI: Team of the Year 2012/13

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Lampard makes it into this 2012/13 World XI side (©GettyImages)
Lampard makes it into this 2012/13 World XI side (©GettyImages).

 

The 2012/13 season has been been anything but mediocre. It has brought us some truly fantastic moments of play.

Here is what I think, based on the form of these players this year, the dream-team of the 2012/13 campaign is: 

Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson (4-2-3-1)

Sir Alex Ferguson has lead Manchester United over the finish line this year and deserves this accolade of being chosen in the 2012/13 dream-team as he has regained the title of the noisy neighbours. He has throughout his career and especially this season put up a huge fight for all three major trophies and has been applauded by many. 

Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer

Neuer has been in a side, Bayern Munich, that has won the league with 91 points over-shadowing any sort of opposition from Borussia Dortmund by beating them by 25 points. He has commanded the back line leading the team into the Champions League final in consecutive years.

Neuer's impressive reflexes make him a shot-stopped of real repute which is why he is regarded as one of the best keeper's in the world with an outstanding 27 clean sheets in the league.

Right-back: Pablo Zabaleta 

An incredible season for our right-back, Pablo Zabaleta. He has commanded City's line impeccably well and has demonstrated brilliant defensive attributes as well as bombing down the right flank and creating an over-lap. 

The vice captain of Manchester City has taken the right-back position purely for his defensive abilities and work-rate.

Centre-back: Jan Vertonghen

A remarkable first-season for Jan as he slots nicely into the back four at the lane. His first season for Tottenham Hotspur has been exceptional. After transferring from Ajax in the summer he has proved to be a rock at the back for Spurs.

This coupled with his ability to score and his versatility playing anywhere across the defensive line has made him one of the best defenders in the Premier League this season. In a season where Gareth Bale has taken much of the spotlight at the north London club, Vertonghen has still managed to shine through.   

Centre-back: Sergio Ramos

Ramos boasts real versatility but his finest asset is his impressive stamina and determination to provide an attacking threat from the right-back. He complements his robust defending by providing a real threat at set-pieces.

Ramos' style is; Marauding, enterprising, boisterous and a dangerous full-back. This season he has lead Real Madrid to a Copa del Rey final and a Champions League semi-final. 

Left-back: David Alaba

David Alaba, 21, is an Austrian footballer who plays for Bayer Munich. He has broken into the back line of Bayern Munich's sturdy defence. He has been exceptionally good on the offence and helping his team-mates out by creating a wide overlap looking to exploit defences. 

David Alaba deserves to be chosen over the Barcelona wing back, Jordi Alba because in my personal opinion I think that Jodi Alba leaves too much space behind him. Whereas, David Alaba can attack but is also mastering the art of defence.

Centre-midfield: Javi Martinez

Another gem in the overstocked Spanish midfield. Javi Martinez is more of a defensive midfielder which he is renown for being tough-tackler and is comfortable on the ball, he has the potential to start an attack as well as break up those of the opposition. At 6"3 he is also an aerial threat. 

Being bought for $40 million by Bayern Munich in 2012 he has definitely asserted his dominance in the Bundesliga. His style is; Powerful, strong, commanding and a leader in the middle of the midfield.

Centre-midfield: Frank Lampard

A shaky start to the season in some eyes, with not playing as much as he'd like to. However saying that, he has recently just broken the all-time goalscoring record for Chelsea football club with a magnificent 203 goals.

Lampard, known for his work rate - is a box-to-box midfielder has a range of qualities including; his range of long passing and goal scoring abilities. He is put into this team because he has the work-ethic that anyone should follow and has had a good season for Chelsea.

Right-midfield: Cristiano Ronaldo

Still deemed as number two in the world behind the fabulous Lionel Messi. Yet he does put up a fight. Cristiano Ronaldo, 28 is positioned second in the golden boot award in the league with 34 goals and 10 assists. Ronaldo is a key man to Real Madrid's success over the past couple of years. 

Ronaldo, is an incredibly versatile player - playing all over the midfield line and sometimes accompanying Benzema upfront. Like other players in this team, Ronaldo has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu to clubs such as; Manchester United, PSG and Chelsea. 

Centre-forward: Lionel Messi

Maybe a quiet season in Europe some people may be thinking. However - Lionel Messi once again has broken records and in particular the most goals scored in a calendar year, previously held by Gerd Mueller. 

Being the leading goalscorer in the Liga BBVA with 46 goals, Lionel Messi has had anything but a quiet season. Outstanding positional play, technique and vision the only trait this man hasn't got is aerial threat. Yet still can pop up at the back post and nod some in. 

Left-midfield: Gareth Bale

Obviously, not his preferred position on the right, but a magician no matter where he plays. A break-through season I would say for Gareth Bale as he has quite literally set the Premier League alight. 

Netting 20 league goals this season, everyone of those goals has been a push forward to a top four position for Tottenham this year. Without the 23-year-old, I don't think Tottenham could hope for a top four finish. Picking up both Player of the Year award and Young Player of the Year award, Bale deserves to be in this team.

Striker: Edinson Cavani

Another intoxicating season for Edinson Cavani, with one of the most hardest defences to break down in the world, in Serie A, this giant has scored 28 league goals, the best in the league. The prolific goal scorer has been linked with many a club all across Europe and you can see why after this consistency and goalscoring proves himself to the top of the ladder. 

 

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