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.
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.
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