Not one of you reading can look be dead in the face and say, “That was an expertly selected world XI and every player on that team deserved to be there.” You couldn’t look at me and say half the team deserved to be there. Don’t get me wrong, La Liga has fantastic players and some fantastic teams. But, how is it possible that every player on the world’s best team is from one league when there are four other (Ligue 1, Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A) major soccer leagues?
Here is my World Xi,
Rb Alves RCB Ramos LCB Kompany LB Lahm
RM Iniesta CM Pirlo LM Xavi
RF Ronaldo CF Van Persie LF Messi
GK And Defenders
Casillas is an excellent goalkeeper but Neuer is better. He has been a stone wall for Bayern Munich and is arguably the best GK in the world right now. His was a huge snub from the World XI. I agree with the Alves and Ramos selections. Gerard Pique missed half the year, has not been a mainstay in the first XI for Barcelona and has yet to prove himself as one of the best in the world. How did he make this team? Vincent Kompany anchored a team known for their offensive prowess. He has been a mainstay in a city team in which players move in and out of spots every single game. He was voted the Premier League’s POTY but was still left off this team. Lastly, Marcelo is an excellent attacking left back but he is also a dirty, rash challenging defensive left back. When you think of the World XI defenders you think of well rounded, multi-faceted players. That is why Philip Lahm deserved the nod. Nothing bad can be said about Lahm’s work rate and talent both going forward and defending the left flank.
Iniesta and Xavi were the obviously selections here. The central spot had many big names that could have snagged the award. Ozil, Xabi Alonso, and Gotze were all viable options but none had the type of year Andrea Pirlo did. This man is ageless, with a silky smooth craftiness to his game that is absolutely incredible to watch. He led a Juventus side to an undefeated Serie A thrashing and captains an underwhelming Italian side to a Euro final that without him, they would not have been in. For me, Pirlo and his man beard, had to be in this team.
Once again, nothing can be said about the Ronaldo and Messi selections. These are two of the best the world has ever seen and anyone would be a fool not to select them in their best eleven. The last forward was open for selection though. Falcoa has been in phenomenal form and enjoyed an incredible 2012. Drogba single-handedly won the Champions League for Chelsea. But, none compare to what Robin Van Perise was able to do over the past year. He led the Premier League is goals last season, while carrying Arsenal to a top four finish. After that, he took an enormous risk and moved to Manchester United where he picked right up where he left off and is on pace for another Golden Boot and this time, a Premier League title. That kind of success after that kind of change deserves to be rewarded and he was a massive, massive snub on this team.
All in all, La Liga can’t comprise the entire World XI. No league in the world should ever do that. To be honest, with how corrupt FIFA is, I’m surprised Neymar didn’t find his way into the team. That’s it for me though, hopefully they can find a way to get it right next year.