December has arrived and that can mean only one thing, yep it’s time to crack open those advent calendars!
In other news, it’s also the month where the FIFA shortlist for the “team of the year” is released. In case you missed it, the full list is below:-
Claudio Bravo, Gianluigi Buffon, David De Gea, Keylor Navas and Manuel Neur.
David Alaba, Jordi Alba, Serge Aurier, Hector Bellerin, Jerome Boateng, Leonardo Bonnucci, Daniel Carvajal, Giorgio Chellini, Dani Alves, David Luiz, Diego Godin, Mats Hummels, Philipp Lahm, Marcelo, Javier Mascherano, Pepe, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Thiago Silva and Raphael Varane.
Xabi Alonso, Sergio Busquets, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Andres Iniesta, N’Golo Kante, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Mesut Ozil, Dimitri Payet, Paul Pogba, Ivan Rakitic, David Silva, Marco Veratti and Arturo Vidal.
Sergio Aguero, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala, Antoine Griezmann, Gonzalo Higuain, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robert Lewandowski, Lionel Messi, Thomas Muller, Neymar, Alexis Sanchez, Luis Suarez and Jamie Vardy.
The list virtually appears to have been decided with eyes closed as most would have selected the named 55 players with a few minor tweaks. Our massive congratulations however go to Jamie Vardy, who (we hope doesn’t mind us saying that he) looks quite out of place in this company. His 2015/16 performance fully merits his place.
The FIFPro World11 is decided by the players, for the players. It collates the votes from roughly 25,000 professional players in 75 countries. Each vote contains 1 goalkeeper, 4 defenders, 3 midfielders and 3 forwards.
That’s right, even this award has moved away from footy’s traditional 4-4-2 to reflect the modern-day game, it won’t be long before we have a “holding midfielder” of the year award…you heard it here first!
The final team will be announced in Zurich on 9th January 2017 so we thought we’d cast our votes early and name our best 11:-
Now obviously this is purely opinion but leaving Lionel Messi out of any selected XI requires some logic and our reasoning is pretty simple. The Argentine superstar is forever receiving accolades but he fell short where it mattered over the last few months, mainly when it came to his country. We chose Gareth Bale in his place thanks to his Champions League win and the superb leadership of Wales in the Euro’s.
One thing is for certain, is that whoever the chosen side is – that they all have been deserving in their own individual right and it’s fair to say that the ultimate combined XI would take some beating!
Image created by using Lineup11 app.