Top 5 Players Left Out of the 2014 FIFPro World XI
5 Best Players Left Out of the 2014 FIFPro World XI
It is already an exercise in futility to attempt to make sense out of anything created under the umbrella of FIFA; the organization is responsible for a World Cup in Qatar after all.
While it is practically a meaningless list, the 2014 FIFPro World XI made sure to be as laughable as possible. This is not to say that the players that fill the list are not world-class, far from it. The problem is that there are players in better form currently plying their trade than the ones given the title of "best in the world."
There is also a disparity between leagues, as only three of the world’s top five leagues are represented in the eleven starting spots. La Liga leads all with six of the 11. The usual suspects are in attendance, although the most surprising part is that FIFA were not able to jam Barcelona’s full starting 11 in there somewhere.
Next is the Bundesliga, which seems more understandable as the two teams in the last Champions League final were both German. But wait, only Bayern Munich players are represented.
Last but not least, is Ligue 1, with – you guessed it, Puska’s award winner Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his Paris Saint-Germain teammate, Thiago Silva.
As stated before, these players would be welcome on any squad across the world, but it seems that reputation now comes before performance. It is as if they turned on EA Sports FIFA 14 and looked at the top overall ratings for each position.
While many players probably could care less about these pseudo awards, that are only present to make the Ballon d’Or ceremony even more of an event, here are five footballers who deserve a spot in this list.
The big Ivorian midfielder has been a standout on a very talented team ever since his arrival from Barcelona. He dribbles surprising well for his size, can pass with the best of them and even chips in with goals from time to time.
With 11 goals, four assists and a 91 percent pass accuracy, Yaya definitely deserved a look.
The German international has been the highlight of Arsenal's run this season. He has turned a hapless parody into a serious title contender since his first game as a Gunner.
Seven assists and 44 key passes, as well as an 88 percent pass accuracy and four goals to boot makes one scratch their head to know that he got passed up.
Vidal has been arguably the best player in Juventus' star-studded squad this season.
The Chilean international has scored 10 times while assisting five, and has a 83 percent pass success rate. The engine to the best team in Serie A should have gotten the nod.
Eden Hazard had a great debut season with Chelsea last year, but has been truly spectacular in his second campaign in England.
The Belgian superstar leads the Premier League in key passes, successful take-ons, and fouls suffered. Add to that nine goals and five assists, and it is easy to see that Hazard's name writes itself into the team.
He was even handed the Ballon Wood by his teammates and coaches.
Luis Suarez is the one player who everyone can agree was slighted. Whether you love him or you hate time -- because there is no in-between -- the Uruguayan has proven himself to be Europe's best striker.
He has scored 22 goals in 17 games, and has assisted his teammates five times. Not only has he shouldered most the goal-scoring load for Liverpool, he has been the most creative player in the squad, as well.