THE FIFA/FIFPRO XI OF 2014

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For clarity sake, The FIFA/FIFPro World XI is chosen by over 50000 professional football players from all over the world, who vote for the best player in each position. This process means FIFA has delegated the responsibility of voting to professional footballers. During last night’s gala, I was surprised at some of the winners of 2014 FIFPRO XI award.

Here are the 11 stars that earned a place in the FIFA/FIFPro World XI 2014 are:
Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer
Defenders: Philipp Lahm, Sergio Ramos, David Luiz, Thiago Silva
Midfielders: Angel Di Maria, Toni Kroos, Andres Iniesta
Forwards: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Arjen Robben
Eight of these eleven winners deserve to be in the team in my opinion. That number represents 73% which is a very good grade; the criticism would not be over the top this time. However, I shall proceed to discuss the three winners whom I do not think deserve a place here.

 

david luizDAVID LUIZ – The Brazilian international whose transfer from Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain may have been his only reason for making it into this team based of the transfer fee of £50 million (€62 million), that’s a world record for a defender. David Luiz spent the first half of 2014 as a Chelsea player under Jose Mourinho but couldn’t break the Terry-Cahill partnership. He was a back-up for the centre-half position and subsequently used as a defensive midfield enforcer. Clearly, Mourinho could not trust Luiz enough at the back and was moved on to Paris. During the FIFA World Cup held in his native country, he alongside most of his teammates rode on home support to get going until their shocking 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-finals. Whilst it is difficult to blame Luiz alone, he was guilty of several poor defensive displays which were evident once more during the third/fourth place play-offs where Netherlands compounded their woes. Since his move to PSG, he has not particularly lit up Parc des Princes with spectacular performances aside from scoring against Barcelona in a UEFA Champions’ League group game. In a world where there is no shortage of top quality centre halves; David Luiz should not be making FIFA/FIFPro World XI.

thiago silvajpgTHIAGO SILVA – Another surprising inclusion in the defense is Paris Saint-Germain skipper Thiago Silva. According to the formation, Silva will be playing at Left Back position which isn’t an ideal one for him. The former Brazilian captain led the Brazilian team at the World Cup but was absent during their disastrous 7-1 loss to Germany thanks to suspension. The South American nation defense was never secured throughout the entire Mundial and one wonders how he managed to make this team. He played a significant role in PSG’s league and cup triumph of 2013/14 season but we would not have expected anything less in a league supremely ruled by the Qatari’s oil money in the capital. Furthermore, there are better full backs – David Alaba, Dani Carvajal, Felipe Luiz, etc who can fill that role ahead of Thiago Silva.

andres iniestaANDRES INIESTA – The diminutive ball wizard is one of my most admired player because of his elegance when he caresses the ball. He brings wonderful memories of my football idol- Zinedine Zidane with his football skills but he doesn’t score as many goals. However, 2014 wasn’t his year. Iniesta struggled to dominate games, the important ones for both Barcelona and Spain. As much as I believe, Iniesta is a man of his own, the Albacete born midfielder has been struggling to exert the same kind of authority he used to since the gradual decline of his midfield partner – Xavi. I believe Iniesta still has a lot to offer the game but he doesn’t deserve a place in the 2014 FIFPRO XI team. Players like Luka Modric, Koke, Paul Pogba deserved to be nominated ahead of him.
I congratulate the winners who have excelled in their chosen sphere but I believe you have your opinion or reservation on some of the listed winners.

Please use the comment column beneath to express yourself.

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