FIFA Best XI: Spanish newspaper AS have selected their team of the decade

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There was plenty of controversy surrounding the FIFPro Men's World11 for 2019.

While the inclusions of Lionel Messi and Alisson Becker were obvious and deserved, there was some serious questions raised about the amount of Real Madrid players who featured.

Liverpool fans can feel particularly aggrieved that Marcelo somehow made the team above Andrew Robertson, while Sergio Ramos got the nod over Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Arguably the only justified Real inclusion came in the form of Eden Hazard, who secured his place with performances away from the Bernabeu with Chelsea and Belgium.

You could even make a case for Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah playing ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and that's a hypothesis to which Samuel Eto'o would prescribe if nobody else.

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The final side went as follows: Alisson Becker, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Matthijs de Ligt, Virgil van Dijk, Luka Modric, Frenkie de Jong, Eden Hazard, Kylian Mbappe, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

However, the latest selection also bore significance because it was the final FIFA awards ceremony in the current decade - the 2010s.

That clearly served as inspiration for Spanish newspaper AS who - at the expense of sparking fierce debate amongst fans - decided to construct a FIFA Best XI for the last 10 years.

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Team of the decade?

It's certainly a tough challenge: do you pick the players who have been most consistent or do you throw in people who had one or two seasons where they were untouchable?

And while there are some absolute shoe-ins for the starting XI, you could carve football fans down the middle regarding the goalkeeper, third midfielder and final forward.

They arrived at a team of: Iker Casillas, Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Luka Modric, Kylian Mbappe, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

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We can hear the debate simmering away already.

One of the most intriguing choices is Mbappe. The World Cup winner has been unreal since 2017, but can you really select a player who was 11 years old when the decade began?

It's most certainly subjective, yet the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Neymar would definitely disagree.

Modric has been world-class since his first season in Spain, as well as near the backend of his Tottenham career, but he appears the weak link compared to Xavi and Iniesta. 

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And then there's Casillas. It's not the most controversial choice in the world, but when you consider his prime years came before 2010, maybe David de Gea or Manuel Neuer were worthier.

If there's anything we can learn from AS' selection, however, it's the sheer difficulty of picking the finest team over the course of 10 whole years. What changes would you make?

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