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Lionel Messi was the only player who was chosen on all World XI's chosen by 27 countries from Division Europe. No wonder, as he was recently lauded as the best player in the World.

 

FIFPro received votes from 27 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazachstan, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine. FIFPro composed a World XI for each country, after counting the votes gathered in these nations.

 

Messi is the only player represented in each team. From Ireland to Finland, and from Kazachstan to Portugal: everybody wants the Argentine star in his team. Two other players were almost unanimous choices. Xavi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

 

Xavi was picked in 26 of the 27 countries. Only in Montenegro the midfielder of Barcelona was omitted. The Montenegro midfield consists of Kaká, Steven Gerrard and Andrés Iniesta. Cristiano Ronaldo appears in 26 teams too. Only the players in Ukraine formed an attack without him: Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Andrei Arshavin.

 

Besides the eleven players who made the FIFA/FIFPro World XI of 2009, there were eight players who were chosen frequently: goalkeepers Gianluigi Buffon and Edwin van der Sar, defenders Maicon, Carles Puyol and Rio Ferdinand, midfielder Kaká, and strikers Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Samuel Eto'o.

 

A handful of players only made the World XI selected by players in their own country: Dimitar Berbatov, Shay Given, Yossi Benayoun, Alessandro Nesta and David Villa.

 

 

 

  Austria   Belgium
Goal Buffon   Casillas
Defense Alves, Terry, R. Ferdinand, Vidic   Alves, Terry, Puyol, Evra
Midfield Gerrard, Xavi, Iniesta   Fabregas, Xavi, Iniesta
Attack Messi, Ibrahimovic, C. Ronaldo   Messi, Robben, C. Ronaldo
       
  Bulgaria   Cyprus 
  Buffon   Buffon 
  Alves, Terry, Vidic, Evra    Puyol, Terry, Vidic, Evra 
  Kaká, Xavi, Iniesta   Gerrard, Xavi, Iniesta 
  Messi, Berbatov, C. Ronaldo    Messi, Torres, C. Ronaldo 
       
  Denmark    England 
  Casillas    Van der Sar 
  Alves, R. Ferdinand, Terry, Evra   Alves, Terry, Vidic, Evra 
  Gerrard, Xavi, Iniesta    Gerrard, Xavi, Iniesta 
  Messi, Torres, C. Ronaldo    Messi, Torres, C. Ronaldo 
       
  Finland    France
  Casillas    Casillas 
  Alves, Terry, Vidic, Evra    Alves, Terry, Vidic, Evra 
  Gerrard, Xavi, Iniesta    Gerrard, Xavi, Iniesta 
  Messi, Ibrahimovic, C. Ronaldo    Messi, Eto'o, C. Ronaldo 
       
  Greece    Hungary 
  Casillas    Buffon 
   Alves, Terry, Puyol, Evra   Alves, Terry, R. Ferdinand, Puyol 
  Gerrard, Xavi, Iniesta    Kaká, Xavi, Iniesta 
  Messi, Ibrahimovic, C. Ronaldo    Messi, Eto'o, C. Ronaldo 
       
  Republic of Ireland   Israel 
  Given    Casillas 
  Alves, Terry, Vidic, Evra    Alves, Terry, Puyol, Abidal
  Gerrard, Xavi, Iniesta    Kaká, Xavi, Benayoun 
  Messi, Torres, C. Ronaldo    Messi, Torres, C. Ronaldo 
       
  Italy    Kazachstan 
  Buffon    Buffon 
  Maicon, Nesta, Terry, Ferdinand    Alves, Terry, Vidic, Evra 
  Gerrard, Xavi, Iniesta    Gerrard, Xavi, Iniesta 
  Messi, Torres, C. Ronaldo    Messi, Torres, C. Ronaldo 
       
  Montenegro   The Netherlands 
  Buffon    Van der Sar 
  Maicon, Terry, Vidic, Evra    Alves, Terry, Piqué, Vidic 
  Gerrard, Kaká, Iniesta    Gerrard, Xavi, Iniesta 
  Messi, Ibrahimovic, C. Ronaldo    Messi, Ibrahimovic, C. Ronaldo
       
  Norway    Poland 
  Van der Sar    Casillas 
  Alves, Terry, Vidic, Evra    Alves, Terry, Ferdinand, Puyol
  Gerrard, Xavi, Iniesta    Gerrard, Xavi, Iniesta 
  Messi, Ibrahimovic, C. Ronaldo    Messi, Ibrahimovic, C. Ronaldo 
       
  Portugal    Romania 
  Júlio César    Casillas 
  Alves, Maicon, Terry, Evra    Alves, Terry, Puyol, Ramos 
  Kaká, Xavi Iniesta    Gerrard, Xavi, Kaká 
  Messi, Eto'o, C. Ronaldo    Messi, Eto'o, C. Ronaldo 
       
  Russia    Serbia 
  Buffon    Buffon 
  Ramos, Vidic, R. Ferdinand, A. Cole    Alves, Terry, Vidic, Evra 
  Lampard, Xavi, Arshavin    Gerrard, Xavi, Iniesta 
  Messi, Torres, C. Ronaldo    Messi, Torres, C. Ronaldo 
       
  Slovenia    Spain 
  Casillas    Casillas 
  Alves, Terry, Vidic, Evra    Alves, Piqué, Terry, Pepe 
  Kaká, Xavi Iniesta    Gerrard, Xavi, Iniesta 
  Messi, Ibrahimovic, C. Ronaldo    Messi, Villa, C. Ronaldo 
       
  Sweden    Switzerland 
  Casillas    Casillas 
  Alves, Terry, Vidic, Evra    Alves, Maicon, Terry, Puyol 
  Gerrard, Xavi, Iniesta    Gerrard, Xavi, Iniesta 
  Messi, Ibrahimovic, C. Ronaldo    Messi, Torres, C. Ronaldo 
       
  Ukraine     
  Akinfeev     
  Alves, Pepe, R. Ferdinand, Puyol     
  Gerrard, Xavi, Kaká     
  Messi, Ibrahimovic, C. Ronaldo