Marca readers decide White Hart Lane star belongs in the World XI.
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The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder broke into the first team almost exactly a year ago – Benoit Assou-Ekotto was injured against West Ham around this time 12 months ago, and since then he has rarely failed to impress.
However, most of his best performances for Spurs – and indeed the two that Marca readers will likely have seen against Inter Milan – have come from the left wing rather than full back, and if either Barcelona or Real Madrid are considering signing him for that position they will not see him at his best.
The XI was voted for by 125,000 Marca readers, and naturally is very focussed on the Spanish league.
The full team of the year is as follows – lining up in a 4-3-3 formation.
GK: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)
DF: Maicon (Inter Milan), Gerard Pique (FC Barcelona), Carles Puyol (FC Barcelona), Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)
MF: Xavi Hernandez (FC Barcelona), Xabi Alons0 (Real Madrid), Andres Iniesta (FC Barcelona)
FW: Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona), David Villa (FC Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
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