Andres Iniesta and Xavi of Barcelona and Xabi Alonso of Real Madrid make up the midfield of FIFPro's World XI. All three have been impressive playmakers; all three are members of the World Cup-winning Spanish national team. If this were still 2010, I'd say there's no question these men are deserving of the World XI. It's not 2010, though.
Xavi and Iniesta are the Barcelona duo that form what many consider to be the best midfield in the world. Both are phenomenal playmakers and passers.
Iniesta, at 27, is continuing to perform well and has adapted well to Barcelona's 3-4-3. In addition to his great passing, he's also a solid finisher with nine goals last season (impressive considering his role at Barcelona). His spot is really not that debatable on this team.
Xavi's age is showing a bit this season, though not too much. He's playing well and scoring more goals than usual while still revealing his talent at passing. Although I'm not convinced that he was worthy of a World XI award (I'm sure I'll get hell for saying this), his team's Champion's League and Spanish League silverware will give him an edge in many people's eyes.
His stats have not impressed me lately: In 2008-2009, he had 20 assists in La Liga; in 2009-2010, he had 14 assists. In 2010-2011, he had just seven assists. Needless to say, his numbers are declining quickly.
The last member of this Spanish trio is Xabi Alonso. Alonso has been one of the most underrated players in the world, having won his last individual award in 2003. He's an incredible long passer, better than his two Spanish counterparts in this regard, and is a consistent defender. He's able to control the pace of the games masterfully at Madrid by either slowing and calming down his young teammates or rushing them forward for a deadly counterattack.
At 30 years old, Alonso is on the decline, though he is certainly still a world class midfielder. This award comes too late in the Spaniard's career. He, like Xavi, is defintely top 10 in the world for his position, though not necessary top three.
Who could also be worthy of this World XI? Bastian Schweinsteiger has played very well for Bayern Munich and is starting to get recognition for it. He'll likely be considered for next year's World XI. The impressive play of young midfielders like Javier Pastore of PSG and Marek Hamsik of Napoli would have been worthy of award if they were more established and playing for better clubs.
David Silva and Yaya Toure have continued to show why they are one of the best midfield pairings in the world, and no list would be complete without them. Wesley Sneijder is one of my personal favorites for the position, although admittedly, his numbers have not been as good as his competitors here.