Yes, it's that simple: Leo Messi and another 10 footballers. But I've been asked to analyse the FIFA World XI and obviously in Spain we have no doubt about the selection.
Six Spaniards, two Brazilians, one Portuguese, one Colombian and one Argentine. Five of them from Barcelona, another five from Real Madrid and one more from Atlético Madrid. All of them playing in the La Liga, none of them outside our borders, none of them playing in Premier League, Serie A, Ligue 1 or Bundesliga. Do you agree? Because of course we agree with the selection.
Maybe they have missed Van Persie, Pirlo, Robben, Ribery, Kroos, Drogba or Mata? Maybe, who knows, but no one can deny that today Spanish football is the best.
No, I'm not talking about winning Euro's, World Cup and Euro's again. I'm talking about Barcelona, Real Madrid and, more recently, Atlético Madrid.
Last season, Real Madrid won La Liga with 100 points and 121 goals, both national records and this season Messi's Barça has 52 points and 61 goals in only 18 matches. The projection by the end of the season is around 110 points and 128 goals, which will break Madrid's record set last season.
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With this data you can't deny that they are the best Barcelona and Real of the history.
Ok, you can argue that the results are because of Messi (91 goals in 2012) and Cristiano Ronaldo (60 goals in 2012), but then I'll remind you (yes, again) that we're Euro, World Cup and Euro consecutive winners. Sorry, but if it depended on me the World XI would be the Spanish national team.
We have solved the problem of eight players selected in the FIFA World XI, what about the other three?
It should remembered that we're talking about Dani Alves and Marcelo, wingers of Brazil national team and about Radamel Falcao.
Not me or any one of you will dare remove the Colombian striker from the team. Since he arrived at Atlético his goalscoring ability has received global recognition, not like during his time at Porto. Now Chelsea, Juventus, Real Madrid and Barça are fighting for him.
So, now we only have to discuss Dani Alves and Marcelo.
Lahm? Contento? Cole? Cahill? All the four of them played the in the 2012 Champions League final, but maybe we should also take a look at the rest of Europe. Perhaps Łukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund,) Rafael, Evra (Man Utd), Zabaleta (Man City,) or Nagatomo (Internazionale) are worthy of a place in the FIFA World XI?
Seriously, are we kidding? None of them are better than the two Brazilians.
No one in Europe should want to replace any member of this team, but don't worry, actually the FIFA World XI is just Leo Messi and ten more players.