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French sports newspaper L’Equipe announced its team for the year 2012 after eminent football journalists from all over the country voted. Here is the team they chose:

BILBAO, SPAIN - MAY 02:  Xabi Alonso of Real Madrid CF looks on during the La Liga match between Athletic Club and Real Madrid CF at estadio San Mames on May 2, 2012 in Bilbao, Spain.

BILBAO, SPAIN – MAY 02: Xabi Alonso of Real Madrid CF looks on during the La Liga match between Athletic Club and Real Madrid CF at estadio San Mames on May 2, 2012 in Bilbao, Spain.

GOALKEEPER: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)

DEFENCE: Phillip Lahm (Bayern Munich), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Jordi Alba (Barcelona)

MIDFIELD: Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Ramires (Chelsea)

FORWARD: Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)