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European XI: Most consistent players

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Players are known to dip in and out of form, however the following group of players  have performed consistently well over the last 12 months. 

Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)

Manuel Neuer is the Bayern Munich & German number one goalkeeper, his performances throughout the season and during the Champions League campaign, have earned him his place in the elite squad. 

Neuer is an immense presence for Bayern Munich with stunning reflexes and awesome agility. At 27, Neuer is coming to the peak of this career and could well be the world's best goalkeeper for many years to come.

Right-back: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

Sergio Ramos is now a converted centre-back for his club, but I have placed him in his old position of right-back, for this squad. 

Ramos is a rock in the heart of Real Madrid's defence, and although sometimes a little clumsy with his challenges, his overall performances over the season proved he is one of the world's best defenders, and has been for quite some time.

Centre-back: Thiago Silva (PSG)

The Brazilian centre-back is a huge figure for both club and country, a player who they both would hate to lose to injury. 

His pure strength, pace and decision-making, make him a real candidate as one of the best central defenders in the world.

Centre-back: Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)

The Manchester City defender is now considered to be in the top three defenders in world football. 

His sheer physical size combined with his highly focused defending makes him a great presence in the club's squad, and one which any forward would struggle playing against.

Left-back: Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich)

Philipp Lahm plays at right-back for his club, although his preferred position is at left-back.

The German defender has been at the top of his game for a couple of seasons now, and it looks unlikely that his form will drop any time soon. 

Lahm's technical ability at going forward, on top of his quality defending, rank him easily within the top five full-backs in world football at the moment.

Centre-midfield: Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona)

What can we say about Xavi that isn't already obvious? 

The Spaniard is one of the greatest midfielders in modern times, with his unrivalled passing ability, combined with his majestic vision and creativity, Xavi is considered by many as the best central midfielder on the planet.

Centre-midfield: Frank Lampard (Chelsea)

Frank Lampard's performances over the last 12 months have been as consistent as his career. 

The 2012/13 saw Lampard become Chelsea's all-time leading goalscorer in the FA Cup with 28 goals in the competition. 

The midfield genius also become the club's all-time top scorer with an unbelievable 203 goals from the centre of midfield, spanning a career of 12 years, and he isn't finished yet. 

Lampard is considered one of the greatest midfielders ever to play in the Premier League, and with statistics like these, many few can disagree.

Centre-midfield: Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)

In my opinion, Andres Iniesta is under-rated by many footballing fans. 

The versatile midfielder often changes position for his club, from central midfield, to left-wing, but with new signing Neymar, Iniesta may secure his central midfield role for the upcoming season. 

Iniesta's incredible talents consist of an array of positive attacking talents. 

His dribbling skills could be compared to those of Lionel Messi, whilst his vision and work rate are also highly skilled. Many fans may overlook Iniesta as a vital player for his club, but to a trained eye, the Spaniard has an extensive range of world class ability.

Left-wing: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Cristiano Ronaldo is a name on everybody's lips when we are talking about the world's most gifted, and accomplished footballers. 

Is he the best in the world? If not, how far is he behind Lionel Messi? 

The Portuguese maestro has enjoyed yet another fascinating season with Real Madrid, scoring a phenomenal 67 goals in 67 appearances, leading him to finish the season with 201 goals in 199 matches for Los Blancos, making him one of Real Madrid's greatest ever goalscorers.

Right-wing: Gareth Bale (Tottenham)

Gareth Bale is without a doubt one of the most improved, and naturally gifted footballers in the world. 

The Welshman signed for Spurs as a left-back, and due to a series of poor performances, he was nearly sold for a mere £3million before a decision was made to change his position. 

A decision which has seen the winger go from strength to strength, and through hard work and determination, Bale is now considered to be, by many, the most talented winger on the planet, (behind Cristiano Ronaldo, obviously) and with Real Madrid preparing a huge bid for him, Tottenham may find it too difficult to keep hold of their young superstar.

Striker: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Well, here we are, the player who has broken every goalscoring record in Barcelona's history, Lionel Messi. 

The Argentine sensation is the all-time La Liga top goalscorer with a breath-taking 215 goals for his club in only 246 appearances, including 50 in just one season. 

Messi also holds the record of Barcelona all-time top scorer with 313, in 379 matches, and the frightening thing is, he is still only 26-years-old. For anybody who reads through Messi's individual honours, it is clear that this man, without a shadow of a doubt, is the best footballer many of us have ever seen.

These squad's always promote great discussions between fellow footballing fans around the world. Disagree with any players listed? Please feel free to leave your comments below!

 

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