2015 Top Eleven… and 39 more

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24: Luis Suarez of Barcelona (L) celebrates scoring their second goal with Lionel Messi and Neymar of Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between Manchester City and Barcelona at Etihad Stadium on February 24, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 24: Luis Suarez of Barcelona (L) celebrates scoring their second goal with Lionel Messi and Neymar of Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between Manchester City and Barcelona at Etihad Stadium on February 24, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

2015 has run its course and what a fabulous year of football it has been.

It will be a year Australian and Chilean fans will cherish, as both national teams managed to win their respective continental championships for the very first time, and both did it in style – in front of their own supporters.

At long last, we saw the triumph of the Ivorian golden generation, something that will bring relief to the football-loving country that has produced so many top stars over the course of years.

It was as a fresh start for Mexico, with El Tri winning the Gold Cup, and then beating Team USA to the Confederations’ Cup berth. Simultaneously, it was the time of unprecedented growth for Liga MX, which saw many exciting overseas imports, including European stars like Andre-Pierre Gignac, for the very first time.

Back in Europe, we witnessed the emergence of Iceland and Albania, who will both play in a big tournament for the first time, and the resurrection of Hungary, Wales and Northern Ireland, who are back in big after decades.

It was River Plate’s moment of crowning glory, and what an achievement it was for a club that began this decade in the Argentine second tier, to win the Copa Sudamericana and Copa Libertadores in successive seasons. It is a shame that the Club World Cup was their swansong, as most of the trophy-winning squad had already been sold overseas.

Above all it was the year that belonged to their CWC conquerors FC Barcelona, who assembled an impressive silverware collection, and even managed to surpass their eternal rivals from Madrid for the first time.

Our Top Eleven team has taken on the task of producing a list of the players who impressed us most over the past twelve months. Little wonder that the list was dominated by Barcelona players, with the brilliant MSN trio getting into our top six, but Bayern’s breathtaking team went one step further, with four players in the top ten.

The big guns, like Chelsea, Real Madrid and Juventus, enjoy a heavy presence throughout the list. Most of the players you will come across will be no surprise, but there will surely be an unexpected thing or two, like the fact that we picked two goalkeepers in our top eight.

This list, including the players that were on our preliminary longlist, but didn’t make the cut, was the basis for our “teams of the season” you have gotten to know over the past couple of weeks.

Take another look at Ronaldo Rovers, Neuer United, Suarez City and Messi Reunited, and help us determine the ultimate winners, or even try selecting a team without the 44 players that we used.

So finally, let’s get to the 2015 Top Eleven… and 39 more list:

  1. Lionel Messi
  2. Luis Suarez
  3. Robert Lewandowski
  4. Cristiano Ronaldo
  5. Thomas Muller
  6. Neymar
  7. David De Gea
  8. Manuel Neuer
  9. Eden Hazard
  10. David Alaba
  11. Kevin De Bruyne
  12. Antoine Griezmann
  13. Harry Kane
  14. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  15. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
  16. Gianluigi Buffon
  17. Ivan Rakitic
  18. Sergio Busquets
  19. Paul Pogba
  20. Alvaro Morata
  21. Arturo Vidal
  22. Douglas Costa
  23. Alexis Sanchez
  24. Dimitri Payet
  25. Gareth Bale
  26. Willian
  27. Sergio Ramos
  28. Andres Iniesta
  29. Carlos Tevez
  30. Dani Alves
  31. James Rodriguez
  32. Arjen Robben
  33. Luka Modric
  34. Mesut Ozil
  35. Karim Benzema
  36. Sergio Aguero
  37. Chris Smalling
  38. Blaise Matuidi
  39. Nemanja Matic
  40. Claudio Bravo
  41. Angel Di María
  42. Jerome Boateng
  43. Phillip Lahm
  44. Cezar Azpilicueta
  45. Gerard Pique
  46. Felipe Coutinho
  47. Yevhen Konoplyanka
  48. Jordi Alba
  49. Nolito
  50. Giorgio Chiellini

 

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