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Barça's five players in the FIFA FIFPro World XI team / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

FC Barcelona players make up the majority of FIFA’s ideal team for 2011 with five representatives. Of the 11 nominated Barça players the following 5 players were named to the FIFA / FIFPro World XI: Piqué, Iniesta, Xavi, Messi and Alves. It’s yet another homage to Barça’s dominance in world football. Last year, with six Barça players named to the team, Barça was the highest represented team in the FIFA / FIFPro World XI

The usual suspects in the best team

This isn’t the first time the five Azulgranas have been named to FIFA’s ideal team. Messi is the only Barça player that has figured in the last five editions of the FIFA / FIFPro World XI (2007 through 2011). Xavi has been named four times to the team (2008 through 2011), it’s Iniesta’s third time (2009 through 2011) and the second time for both Alves (2009 and 2011) and Piqué (2010 and 2011).

Piqué: “This is an unrepeatable generation”

Gerard Piqué said that his ambition is to be “the best player, work hard and to continue winning titles.” FC Barcelona’s number 3 said that the Barça chances of continuing its title winning ways are “very good because this is an unrepeatable generation of footballers.”

Chosen by fellow footballers

Since 2009, FIFA and FIFPro have combined the FIFA / FIFPro World XI to recognize the best 11 footballers of the year. This elite squad is chosen by over 50,000 professional footballers that belong to football unions world wide. These same footballers are also responsible for nominating and voting, via secret ballot, for the best suited players for the team.

The FIFA / FIFPro World XI team is as follows:

Goalkeeper: Casillas (Madrid)
Defenders: Alves (Barça), Piqué (Barça), Sergio Ramos (Madrid), Vidic (United)
Midfielders: Iniesta (Barça), Xabi Alonso (Madrid), Xavi (Barça)
Strikers: Messi (Barça), Ronaldo (Madrid), Rooney (United)


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