Prediction: World XI 2013

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Once again at the end of the year FIFA will announce the World XI. 

There are always disagreements - last year it was an all-La Liga selection which caused a controversy.

So since the team isn't too far from being selected we've decided what we think it will be - or should be anyway.

Using a 4-3-3 formation, here's our selection:


Manuel Neuer - This great shot-stopper is definitely the best out there. Last year's Casillas has been dropped to the bench and otherwise the only competition for Neuer is Buffon or Cech.

Right back

Phillip Lahm - Without doubt the German and Bayern Munich captain is the best right back in the world. The likes of Dani Alves had no chance against this guy.

Centre back

Thiago SilvaAn inspirational leader for all of his teammates and fans, Thiago Silva surely deserves this spot.

Centre back

Vincent KompanyHe didn't get a lot of game time this year due to injury but as well as Silva his leadership would be crucial to any great team. Other top centre backs like Hummels, Ramos and Chiellini have missed out and this highlights Kompany's quality.

Left back

Davide AlabaAlaba is everything you would want from a wing back - he defends, of course, but when going forward he can score goals and give assists. He is an essential part of the Bayern Munich team and stars for the Austria team where he plays centre midfield.

Right midfield

Franck RiberyRibery is a contender for the Ballon d'Or and the French international can really frighten defences. Bale would lack experience to be in a side like this.

Defensive midfield

Bastian SchweinsteigerAnother player who shows great leadership and inspired Bayern Munich to a treble-winning season is Bastian Schweinsteiger. Yaya Toure just missed out.

Left midfield

Andres Iniesta - You couldn't leave him out of any team. Iniesta's passes are inch-perfect and he makes Barcelona and Spain click. Sorry Mesut Ozil, this one was a tough decision.

Right wing

Cristiano RonaldoCurrently the world's best and possibly the winner of the Ballon d'Or. His goal record is astonishing. Neymar's skills would never push CR7 out of this team.

Centre forward

Zlatan IbrahimovicZlatan had another great year in 2013 especially showing his class against England with that goal. He beats Falcao, Van Persie, Cavani and Aguero to the spot.

Left wing.

Lionel MessiPossibly the greatest of all time, Leo Messi is constantly breaking more and more records.


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Cristiano Ronaldo
Franck Ribery
Lionel Messi
Vincent Kompany

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