Interestingly the English premier league with all its popularity had only one player in the World Team of the decade (2011-2020) just released by International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).
Arch-rivals Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi expectedly lead with Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk the only EPL star in the final XI.
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos makes the grade but Barcelona and Spain star Gerard Pique controversially missed out at centre-back.
The likes of Luis Suarez, Neymar, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Gareth Bale, Sergio Aguero, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are all absent despite some outstanding displays over the past decade.
One other super player that made the squad was Bayern Munich talisman Robert Lewandowski.
The competitive midfield has Luka Modric for the Real Madrid form which helped him to a Ballon d’Or in 2018.
The Croatian is joined by two World Cup winners: Andres Iniesta and Toni Kroos.
At right-back, Philipp Lahm edges out Dani Alves.
But Marcelo does make it one Brazilian in the team at left-back, while Manuel Neuer takes the goalkeeper gloves
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