Originally Posted by idfnl
Everyone rates him, but I don't to the level others do. He reminds me of guys in the NBA that are great within a system and horrible outside it. His Barca and intl games all play within that endlessly boring tikki takki style. I'd be surprised if he'd be viewed the same way outside of it. He'll retire there so we'll never know. Anyway, this aside, wouldn't you take the other guys I named over him?
Well, ok - if we wanted to break it down here we go;
FIFPRO XI (vs. El Arg's XI for 2011-12) Going to try to strike a proper balance between form for the year (what the XI team is looking at) and overall class (Ex - Alves makes his position on overall class demonstrated throughout his career, but surely not on form for last year - Leaning too far one way we get players like Javier Zanetti or Maicon, too far the other we get players like Debuchy. I'm looking for that middle ground)
IKER CASILLAS - Casillas.
DANI ALVES - Lahm. You called it idfnl - Semi-final CL run, quarterfinal Euro run, Bayern sitting pretty in Bundesliga.
MARCELO - Marcelo. Agree here. Ashley Cole may also be a possibility here if not for a severe drop-off in play over the last year. Coentrão's year sucked, and who else really compares beyond that? Jordi Alba, maybe. In elite teams you have Andre Santos? Evra? Glichy? Alaba? Mesbah? Nagatomo? LB seems to be the world's most sparse position.
GERARD PIQUÉ - Would agree with Piqué here in general as one of the world's elite CBs (and was my first instinct), but I'd agree that Kompany had a more dominant single season.
SERGIO RAMOS - Appropriate. Semi-final CL, Euro win. Came into his own as a CB transferring over from RB. Vidic or Ferdinand didn't play enough to merit this spot.
ANDRÉS INIESTA - No question. Heartbeat of Barça. Played great through club and international year.
XABI ALONSO - No question. Heartbeat of Madrid. Played great through club and international year.
XAVI HERNANDEZ - If anything, this is my question here. Played a level down from his standard (due to both age and niggling injuries throughout the year). Here is where I would vote in Pirlo based on his dominant Euro showing and undefeated Juventus season. I believe rep overall gave Xavi the vote here.
CRISTIANO RONALDO - Undisputed.
RADAMEL FALCAO - Undisputed. More of a newcomer to the "world-beater" scene, but absolutely dominant in everything he did. Truly merits the spot for the year.
LIONEL MESSI - Undisputed.
Meh. There we go.
Lets not forget the Arsenal Way
EDIT: Sahin dropped by Liverpool, Madrid loan him immediately back to Borussia Dortumund long-term.Edited by El Argentino - 1/11/13 at 10:30am