AS Picks World XI Of The Last Decade
Fifpro named the World XI of the Year this week at The Best FIFA awards and now Spanish newspaper AS have named the best team of the last decade.
At the awards there were some surprise and controversial inclusions at the Fifpro XI, voted for by professionals around the world, and it's no different in the team of the decade.
Whist Sergio Ramos and Marcelo deserve their places in a team from 2010 to 2019, it's very much questionable that Kylian Mbappe deserves his place in AS' team.
There was a lot of criticism of Ramos and Marcelo making the world team this year, especially considering how well Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold played for Liverpool last season, and Ramos being forced into right back just to get a place in the team.
However there is little argument about the pair being in the team of the decade, especially with the impact they both had on Real's four Champions League wins in five year under Carlo Ancelotti and then Zinedine Zidane.
It would be difficult to argue also with the inclusion of Gerard Pique and Dani Alves too, thanks to their contributions to Barcelona mainly, although the right back also won titles at Juventus and PSG too.
However Iker Casillas' inclusion could certainly be questioned with much of the former Real Madrid captain's best work being done pre 2010, Manuel Neuer surely deserves a place in the team.
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In midfield Andres Iniesta and Xavi are no brainers, a team of the century, millenium or ever might include the two midfield geniuses.
Without the pair of former Barcelona teammates we may never have seen the same rise to brilliance from Lionel Messi, and that's enough on its own to get them in.
Luka Modric did break Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's duopoly of the Ballon d'Or last year but whether that's enough to get him in a team of the decade or not could be argued.
In attack there's no doubt that Messi and Ronaldo get in, imagine try picking a team without those two legends in, based on mere goalscoring numbers alone.
Making up their three though is Kylian Mbappe and, despite the PSG forward being utterly brilliant, he's only been on the scene for the past three years and probably shouldn't be in the team.
Wayne Rooney, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robert Lewandowski or Sergio Aguero surely deserve a place in the side ahead of the 20-year-old.
Who would be in your team of the decade? Let us know in the comments.
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