French football magazine L’Equipe named its annual best eleven and selected no less than six FC Barcelona players for the starting line-up. Right-back Dani Alves (28), center-back Gerard Piqué (24), midfielders Sergio Busquets (23), Xavi Hernández (31), and Andrés Iniesta (27), as well as forward Lionel Messi (24), were all featured in the Team of the Year.
In a year without a World Cup or European Championship, it was only fitting the the team most largely represented would be Barca, the UEFA Champions League winners and Club World Cup champions. While Barca improved from its five representatives last year, the next most represented team was Real Madrid CF with two players. The list in full is as follows:
Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich/Germany)
Dani Alves (FC Barcelona/Brazil), Nemanja Vidić (Manchester United/Serbia), Gerard Piqué (FC Barcelona/Spain), Marcelo (Real Madrid/Brazil)
Xavi (FC Barcelona/Spain), Sergio Busquets (FC Barcelona/Spain), Andrés Iniesta (FC Barcelona/Spain)
David Silva (Manchester City/Spain), Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona/Argentina), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Portugal)
Though the actual award was voted on by L’Equipe contributors, the magazine also asked its website visitors to vote for their World Team of the Year. Internet users replaced Neuer, Vidic, Marcelo, Busquets, and Silva with the likes of Iker Casillas (30), Sergio Ramos (25), Éric Abidal (32), Cesc Fàbregas (24), and Karim Benzema (24), making the team entirely comprised of Barcelona and Madrid players.