Barcelona players dominate the L'Equipe Team of Year 2011
French sports daily newspaper L’Equipe has released its annual team of the world’s best XI football players and to no one’s surprise, the team is dominated by Spanish names, six of them being Barcelona players. Lionel Messi made it to the team for the fourth successive year.
The team was selected by L’Equipe journalists.
Bayern Munich’s summer signing, the 25 year old Manuel Neuer replaced Spain’s Number 1 Iker Casillas from the last year’s team. Other exclusions from the last year’s team were: Maicon, Lucio, Fabio Coentrao, Wesley Sneijder and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
The likes of Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie, Yaya Toure, Gareth Bale and Wayne Rooney failed to make it to the XI despite being immensely popular in the online voting for the general public.
L’Equipe’s team of 2011 plays a 4-3-3 formation:
Dani Alves , Nemanja Vidic , Gerard Pique , Marcelo;
Xavi, Sergio Busquets , Andres Iniesta;
David Silva, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo.
L'Equipe's Team of the Year