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La Liga sweeps as Messi & Ronaldo make 2012 FIFPro World XI

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La Liga sweeps as Messi & Ronaldo make 2012 FIFPro World XI
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La Liga sweeps as Messi & Ronaldo make 2012 FIFPro World XI

La Liga swept the 2012 FIFPro World XI, with Barcelona and Real Madrid stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo leading the way during the announcment at the FIFA Ballon d'Or gala in Zurich.

The FIFPro World XI is a prize from the players for the players, with FIFPro inviting all professional footballers in the world to compose their best team of the year.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas earned the nod at goalkeeper, while his teammates Sergio Ramos and Marcelo made it into the defense alongside Barcelona duo Dani Alves and Gerard Pique.

The three-man midfield consisted of Real Madrid star Xabi Alonso, partnered by his Spain teammates and Barcelona foes Xavi and Andres Iniesta.

Unsurprisingly, both Ronaldo and Messi made the cut up front, with Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao completing the FIFPro World XI.

Notable snubs included Juventus' Andrea Pirlo and Manchester United's Robin van Persie.

FIFPro World XI (4-3-3): Casillas; Dani Alves, Pique, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Xabi Alonso, Xavi, Iniesta; Messi, Falcao, Cristiano Ronaldo

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