This last is not the case with Spanish Sports paper "Marca" which have called onto their readers to pick the "Best 11 Team of 2013" by voting on their website. From the 150.000 votes received the following is their 2013 Eleven:
|courtesy of "Marca"|
Courtois ( At Madrid ), Lahm ( Bayern Munich ), Sergio Ramos ( Real Madrid ), Thiago Silva ( PSG ) , Alaba ( Bayern Munich ), Ozil ( Arsenal ) , Ribery ( Bayern Munich ) Bale ( Real Madrid ), Messi ( FC Barcelona ) , Lewandowski ( B Dortmund ) & Cristiano Ronaldo ( Real Madrid ).
From the perspective of this Blog ( about Spanish Football ) it is interesting to see that the voters have "placed" only one Spaniard: Sergio Ramos. A sign of the possible "decline" of Spanish Football ? No Xavi, no Iniesta, no Pique , no Xabi Alonso this year...four vital elements of the Spanish National Football Team, all of whom - except Alonso - are not in their best form of late.
Nice to see young At. Madrid goalkeeper Courtois who obviously is destined for bigger things, & of course those present every year in recent times; Messi & Cristiano Roanldo.
Stay tuned, as more "Best 11 ..." lists will begin to appear in coming days & weeks.