2011 UEFA Team of the Year Prediction
The 2010-2011 season is over. It's been a great year of football.
Barcelona won their fourth UEFA Champions League in dominance, Jose Mourinho took over as Real Madrid's head coach and we said goodbye to some of the greatest players to ever put on a pair of boots.
Here is my opinion on what the 2011 UEFA Team of the Year should look like.
Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas
This past season, Iker Casillas became the eighth Real Madrid player to have 400 La Liga appearances. I have a feeling he's in for many more.
He's already one of the best keepers in the club's history. Casillas is a world champion for a reason. He has earned his spot on this list.
Right Back: Sergio Ramos
Another Real Madrid player. What a surprise.
Sergio Ramos helped Madrid to a second place finish in La Liga and a win in the Copa del Rey final. His tough tackling and great marking skills this year get him a spot on the team.
Centre Back: Carles Puyol
If Puyol makes the 2011 Team of the Year, it will be his seventh time on the squad!
If anyone deserves it, it's Puyol.
He is one of the most dedicated and hard working players in the world. He never gives up on a tackle and is an important player in the successful Barcelona team.
Centre Back: Nemanja Vidic
Nemanja Vidic became captain of the Red Devils at the start of the season. It proved to be another great decision by Sir Alex Ferguson.
Vidic led Manchester United to their record 19th championship in England and another appearance in the UEFA Champions League Final.
His slide tackling skills and relentless defending make it hard not to give him the spot.
Left Back: Patrice Evra
It was a tough choice between Evra and Ashley Cole. The only difference is that Evra won some hardware.
And that speaks for itself.
Patrice Evra is lucky enough to have been born with that great combination of speed and strength. Those attributes make for a great footballer. His tireless runs up and down the left flank are part of his repertoire.
He has technique in his ball control that few defenders have. That gives Patrice Evra the spot on the team.
Right Centre Mid: Andres Iniesta
The hero of the 2010 Spanish squad returns for another great season performance.
He showed us why he is a world champion with his great passing and incredible ball control skills. Iniesta is undoubtedly one of the best midfielders in the world.
Centre Mid: Xavi Hernandez
Some people are starting to wonder when Xavi will need to be replaced. That won't be needing to happen anytime soon.
Xavi is still on top. He can still make nothing into a goal scoring opportunity. His vision and tactical reading of the game is like none other.
He became the Barca player with the most appearances in the 2011 season.
Left Centre Mid: Mesut Ozil
After a stellar performance in the 2010 World Cup, Mesut Ozil arrived at Real Madrid. He made an immediate impact for Mourinho's men.
He finished the season with 25 assists, more than any player in Europe.
His majestic left foot has provided goals for Ronaldo, Benzema and more lucky players at Real Madrid.
Right Wing: Cristiano Ronaldo
Fifty-one goals. That says about enough for him. Ronaldo is a constant threat to score.
And goals win football matches.
His powerful shot is a nightmare for any goalkeeper, and his dribbling skills are phenomenal. Ronaldo is only getting better.
Forward: Wayne Rooney
It started off as a tough year for Wayne Rooney. But it ended in style.
Rooney showed us why Manchester United need him so much.
His unlimited supply of energy allow him to even help out on defense. His passing skills have improved, as did his determination.
And who could forget the stunning goal of the Manchester derby?
Left Wing: Lionel Messi
Is anyone surprised? I didn't think so.
Messi is the king of football. He is the greatest player in the world. His light but devastating touch, his dribbling that leaves defenders feeling as if they just got off a roller coaster, is there anyone who can stop him.
Messi is the king. And he's not leaving his throne for a long, long time.
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