GK: Iker Casillas—He hasn't experienced the best year of his Real Madrid career, but 2012 has done nothing to suggest Casillas is no longer the best goalkeeper in the world. Still only 31, the shot-stopper is constantly alert to aid his club and has the ability and confidence to keep a clean sheet on a regular basis.
DF: Marcelo—Signed from Fluminense as a youngster, the growth of Brazilian full-back Marcelo has somewhat stagnated in the past, but it seems under Jose Mourinho, the 24-year-old has become an important part of the side, with his defensive and attacking displays keeping the likes of Fabio Coentrao out of the team.
MF: Mesut Ozil—Up until the 2010 World Cup, Ozil wasn't much of a household name. An impressive tournament with semifinalists Germany saw Ozil earn a move to Real Madrid from Werder Bremen, and he has rapidly become the main source of creative talent. If Ozil sees a pass, he usually executes to perfection.
MF: Angel Di Maria—The only issue with Di Maria is his consistency; other than that, the talented winger has improved drastically since joining from Benfica two years ago. His work rate is a key factor in his regular spot under Mourinho, but his pace and tendency to create goals as well as score them make him a serious threat.
FW: Cristiano Ronaldo—It goes without saying that Cristiano Ronaldo is special. But 179 goals in 176 games for Real Madrid since his world record £80 million switch from Manchester United is quite simply astonishing. Pace, aerial ability, set-piece specialist, crossing, passing and heading...what exactly does Ronaldo not have? Oh, that's it. Four Ballon d'Ors.