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Manuel Sanchís: My team of 2011

Published: Friday 23 December 2011, 11.37CET
Real Madrid CF great Manuel Sanchís picked three players from his former club but opted for Xavi Hernández in central midfield, describing the FC Barcelona man as "one of the best ever".
by Álvaro Macho
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Published: Friday 23 December 2011, 11.37CET

Manuel Sanchís: My team of 2011

Real Madrid CF great Manuel Sanchís picked three players from his former club but opted for Xavi Hernández in central midfield, describing the FC Barcelona man as "one of the best ever".

Manuel Sanchís made over 500 appearances for Real Madrid CF in a career spanning 28 years, scooping eight Spanish Liga titles, five Copa del Rey winners medals, two UEFA Champions League trophies and two UEFA Cups. The 46-year-old's Team of the Year includes eight players from Los Merengues and arch-rivals FC Barcelona as well as stars from England, Germany and France.

View Sanchís's choices below and submit your own selection before 12.00CET on Friday 6 January.

Vote for your Team of the Year 2011

Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid CF)
He was already one of the best in his position but as the years and games have passed he has matured to become even better; the best goalkeeper in the world.

Right-back: Daniel Alves (FC Barcelona)
He plays in a position that should not receive that much attention at a team like Barcelona but his style of play has made him into a crucial part of their team.

Central defender: Gerard Piqué (FC Barcelona)
One of the great players for the future of the Spanish national team. The perfect complement to Carles Puyol for club and country.

Central defender: Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund)
A revelation in European football over the past months, his contribution to Dortmund's cause was crucial in helping them win the Bundesliga.

Left-back: Marcelo (Real Madrid CF)
The best left full-back I have seen in many years despite his young age. Tactically perfect in attack and is defending better and better with time.

Right midfielder: Nani (Manchester United FC)
He has an abundance of talent. I like him a lot as he is the type of attacking player that has started to become scarce in football.

Central midfield: Xavi Hernández (FC Barcelona)
Simply put, he is one of the best ever players in this position.

Attacking midfield: David Silva (Manchester City FC)
A player who is constantly evolving. He oozes quality and at this new stage of his career he is demonstrating great personality.

Left midfield: Eden Hazard (LOSC Lille Métropole)
An emerging Belgian talent with a lot of talent and a big future.

Forward: Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)
The best player in the world, simple as that. He and Cristiano Ronaldo are the dominant forces in world football.

Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid CF)
Possibly the best goalscorer in modern football. He has an enviable physical power and a devastating shot.

Coach: Josep Guardiola (FC Barcelona)
The best team in the world must have the best coach in the world. Guardiola deserves a lot of credit for this title-winning Barcelona team.

Last updated: 06/12/13 3.25CET

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