Ranking the FIFA World XI: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Villa and Sneijder

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Ranking the FIFA World XI: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Villa and Sneijder
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Who's the best?

A little over a week ago the FIFPro World XI were announced. Amongst the casualties was Diego Milito, who was even omitted from the initial shortlist for the Ballon d’Or. As expected, the World XI prominently featured Spanish players as 2010 has been a World Cup year for them. Nevertheless, no World Cup winner was as announced the best player of 2010, Lionel Messi was crowned as the world’s best.

Some may argue that Argentina’s below average showing at the World Cup should’ve prevented Lionel Messi from winning his second successive Ballon d’Or. 

Personally speaking, I would’ve given the award to Xavi, perhaps even to Wesley Sneijder. The latter has been integral to Inter Milan’s treble success while Xavi is the player that makes both FC Barcelona and Spain tick. With Xavi, Spain has become European & World Champions. Of course, Spain’s recent success story cannot only be attributed to the player from Terassa but he certainly played a huge part in it.

It’s not a coincidence that FC Barcelona & Spain have monopolized headlines for their mesmerizing football. The spine of the Spanish national team is comprised of no less than seven (!) Barca players. With the exception of Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, every player who has been voted into the FIFPro World Player XI has won a major trophy in 2010. Where’s the uproar?

How come this one is flying under the radar? Talk about bias. But why question the decision to award Lionel Messi the Ballon d’Or when Cristiano Ronaldo has won exactly…nothing? Although he scored a glut-load of goals he hasn’t led his team to a single title. Not to mention, Real Madrid didn’t even progress past the last 16 in the Champions League. Meanwhile Diego Milito may have scored fewer goals than the player dubbed CR7 but his goals were a whole lot more decisive. 

But let’s get to it. I hope you enjoy this slide show and if you don’t…well, at the very least you took your time to flip through it.

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