Ballon d’Or United: World Football’s Best XI Based On Award’s Top Candidates

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Picking an ultimate team from FIFA’s Ballon d’Or candidates…

FIFA’s recently announced their list of 23 contenders for this year’s Ballon d’Or award honouring the world’s top player. Among them are Cristiano Ronaldo and four-time winner Lionel Messi.

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The list was compiled by the FIFA Football Committee with the help of French magazine France Football. It will be trimmed to a shortlist of three on Dec. 1, with the winner announced at a ceremony in Zurich on Jan 12, 2015.

Taken as a whole, the list comprises one of the most mouth-watering pools of football talent the world has ever seen, making it almost impossible to pick a team using just those players.

But that is what CaughtOffside has attempted to do, and here is how Ballon d’Or United would line-up:

GK) Manuel Neuer (Germany, Bayern Munich)

Manuel Neuer Bayern Munich

The World Cup winning sweeper keeper has established himself as one of the best men between the sticks of all time.

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