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World Soccer Talk’s World Best XI Footballers Of 2013

World Soccer Talk has selected its best starting XI featuring the best-of-the-best world footballers from the 2013 calendar year.

There were many difficult choices all around the pitch for us but this is the team we’ve come up with using a 25 man squad.

Starting XI:


Alaba Mertasacker  Thiago Silva  Lahm

Riberry Vidal Pogba Ronaldo

Suarez Messi

Bench: Enyeama, Robben, Rooney, Bale, Yaya Toure, Dante, Lewandowski

Remainder of the squad: De Gea, Ramsey, Chiellini, Diego Costa, Busquets, DiMaria, Ibrahimovic.

Agree? Disagree? Who did we leave out and who doesn’t belong? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  1. ianor

    December 30, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    who is coaching this team

  2. ianor

    December 30, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    no schweinstieger of Bayern munich has to be there rather than vidal. and ibrahimovich should be there along side messi, but who is enyeama other than that is ok. but you did not mention who is coaching

  3. John

    December 30, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    De Gea lol?

  4. Canadian Bacon

    December 30, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    No backup fullbacks on the squad? If Alaba picks up a knock in training and Lahm becomes ill, this team is done. Its not like Ribery and Ronaldo track back on defense.

    • Velija

      December 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      They actually have been of late, in particular when Heynckes came in for Bayern, that was a big reason for their treble, Robben and Ribery finally getting the proper discipline to start tracking back and have done so to amazing effect. As for Ronaldo if you watch the last Clasico Ronaldo was constantly tracking and following back, more often than not he was in his own half than in the opponents.

  5. Anthony DeNicola

    December 30, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I echo what KapUSMC says about Benatia. I think it’s worth putting E. Cavani on the bench as well. Any DeRossi fans out there?

  6. Martin J.

    December 30, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Lahm is no longer a left back but a defensive midfielder. Hasn’t played left back since Guardiola became manager.

    • Tim

      December 30, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      Yes he has…

  7. KapUSMC

    December 30, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Can’t find much to fault there, except Mehdi Benatia from Roma has probably been the best CB in the world this season. He would have to make the cut (and probably start over Per).

  8. Flyvanescence

    December 30, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Ibra over Suarez at CF. id go 4-3-3:

    Lahm Chiellini Silva Marcelo
    Schweinsteiger Toure Gotze
    Messi Ibra Ronaldo

    Hate to leave Ribery and Robben on the bench but theyr not better than Messi and Ronaldo.

  9. Christopher Harris

    December 30, 2013 at 11:41 am

    My mistake regarding Ibrahimovic. He got chopped off when I was copyediting the piece. Ibra is now back in the squad.

  10. Terry

    December 30, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Other than the Ibra omission and reach for Vidal this is a fairly good team.

    One issue Kartik, Lahm plays on the right and Alaba on the left! Riberry plays on the left and Ronaldo on the right! Maybe you forgot that or don’t know how to use tactics editor!

    You have reversed the LB/RB and LM/RM!!!

    • Enda

      December 30, 2013 at 11:40 am

      Yes Terry you are right about Alaba and Lahm but Ronaldo nearly always plays in a free role for Madrid cutting in from the left and for Portugal too so I think its fair to put Ribery on the right


      December 30, 2013 at 11:45 am

      since when did Ronaldo play on the right. He is always on the left joker.

  11. Dust

    December 30, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Bale doesn’t make it but pogba does LOL

  12. Tim

    December 30, 2013 at 11:20 am

    DiMaria over Ibrahimovic? Seriously?

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