Brazil legend picks Chelsea pair in his World Team of the Year

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While much of the football world's attention is currently focused on the FIFA Ballon d'Or, another slightly less prestigious, but infinitely more interesting award is also under consideration.

At the same time as the voting for the FIFA Ballon d'Or and the World Coach of the Year takes place, a panel of so-called experts cobble together the World Team of the Year. Forget Messi v Ronaldo, how about Messi and Ronaldo?

What football fan has not discussed their best XI with their mates, the team of superstars they believe would sweep all before them, their very own 'Dream Team'.

Well, the suits at FIFA aim to do just that, putting together the game's finest talents into one formation - no doubt ill-suited, and almost certainly tactically useless - but fun nonetheless, and of course completely hypothetical. For one day only, your FIFA ultimate team video game becomes a fleeting reality.

Brazil legend Ronaldo knows a thing or two about Ballon d'Or awards, he's won three himself, and the former-Barcelona and Real Madrid striker would have been a fixture in such World Team of the Year's back in his pomp.

Of course, Ronaldo has long since swapped clubhouse for cafeteria, but the ex-Brazil international is a fixture at FIFA events. And 'El Fenomeno' has had his say on who would get into his World Team of the Year this season - and he's only gone and included a couple of olds pros from the Premier League.

In an interview with, Ronaldo picked his team of the season, and Stamford Bridge duo Frank Lampard and John Terry got the nod after helping Chelsea to a famous FA Cup and Champions League double.

The Chelsea legends have been hugely successful at the Bridge over the past 10 years, but won the ultimate prize in Munich last season.

But the Blues duo are the only players from the Premier League in Ronaldo's team, with the rest coming from La Liga. That's right, none from Serie 'A', nor the Bundesliga, but one from South America.

Take a look at his World XI below - complete with what his players won last season - would you pick the same team?

Iker Casillas - Goalkeeper

Real Madrid - La Liga

Spain - Euro 2012

Dani Alves - Right Back

Barcelona - Copa Del Rey

Sergio Ramos - Centre-Back

Real Madrid - La Liga

Spain - Euro 2012

John Terry - Centre-back

Chelsea - FA Cup, Champions League

Marcelo - Left-Back

Real Madrid - La Liga

Xavi - Centre-Midfield

Barcelona - Copa Del Rey

Spain - Euro 2012

Andres Iniesta - Centre-Midfield

Barcelona - Copa Del Rey

Spain - Euro 2012

Frank Lampard - Centre-Midfield

Chelsea - FA Cup, Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo - Forward

Real Madrid - La Liga

Lionel Messi - Forward

Barcelona - Copa Del Rey

Neymar - Forward

Santos - Recopa Sudamericana, Copa Libertadores, Campeonato Paulista

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