LAST night saw the announcement of Lionel Messi as the Ballon d’Or winner, naming him as the best player in the world as of now.
Few would argue with the result – except a certain Mr Ronaldo, perhaps – but alongside the award was the naming of the FIFA Team of the Year, voted for by footballers, football professionals and football writers.
Interestingly, not one British-based player made the cut. Here is the XI –
GK – Casillas
DEF – Maicon, Lucio, Pique, Puyol
MID – Sneijder, Xavi, Iniesta
ATK – Messi, Villa, Ronaldo