Ronaldo, Ribery and Messi together at last

LIONEL Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been named together in the same team by their fellow pros in the newly announced FIFPro Team of the Year.

Voted on by professional footballers from across the globe who were were asked to pick their World XI containing one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards, the 2013 World XI is headlined by Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo, Liga rival Messi and joined by Franck Ribery in a star-studded line-up. 

The 2013 FIFA FIFPro World XI

Manuel Neuer

Dani Alves

Thiago Silva

Sergio Ramos

Philipp Lahm

Andres Iniesta

Franck Ribéry

Xavi

Lionel Messi

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Cristiano Ronaldo

Displaying unprecedented levels of goalscoring and overall consistency, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are back for the seventh consecutive year (2007-2013).

Xavi is picked for sixth time in a row (2008-2013), while Andres Iniesta has appeared in the last five editions of the World XI (2009-2013).

Sergio Ramos and Dani Alves have each been selected by their peers a total four times and are retained in defence for the third straight year.

Compared to 2012, which produced a FIFA FIFPro World XI made up entirely of Spanish-based players, Iker Casillas is a notable absentee. The Real Madrid goalkeeper's reign finally ends after five consecutive appearances (2008-2012).

Gerard Pique drops out of the World XI having held down a spot in defence the last three years (2010-2012), Xabi Alonso makes way in midfield after back-to-back selections (2011, 2012), while Marcelo and Radamel Falcao bid farewell following their one and only appearance in the World XI.

FIFPro, which represents 65,000 professional footballers worldwide, first launched this global initiative in 2005 and this year players in a record 68 countries took part to register tens of thousands of votes.