Who were the 50 best soccer players of 2011? It's a question we'll probably never answer definitively.
This is a list of the 50 best soccer players of 2011, and we're confident it has its own biases and shortcomings. But we're also confident it's a list of 50 outstanding players who had an unmistakable impact on the game during the past year.
There are many ways to measure greatness—from goals to passes completed to the old-fashioned eyeball test—and we used all of them. But sometimes, we just had to go with our gut.
We hope you enjoy the list. We know you'll have your say.