There is no perfect way to make a list of the top footballers of the year. Every year these players go to work for amazing stretches of time and work tirelessly to become one of the best in the world at their craft.
At the end of the year, some of those players are honored by being recognized as the best footballers in the world. There are always players that miss the cut that would get them considered among the world's best.
Even though that may happen, their impact certainly will not be forgotten by lovers of the beautiful game.
Now that 2011 is over, here is my list of the 15 best footballers of last year.