The Bayern Munich midfielder narrowly finished ahead Premier League duo Luka Modric and Fernando Torres as the player most readers think should have made the list
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Schweinsteiger finished narrowly ahead of Premier League pair Luka Modric and Fernando Torres, who received 17.44% and 17.43% respectively.
Two South American players finished joint-fourth with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez both receiving 11.2%.
Experienced defensive duo John Terry, 8.57%, and Carles Puyol, 5.72% came in next, while Inter's Dutch playmaker Wesley Sneijder, a former winner of the award taking 4.37% of votes, after the Nerazzurri and Netherlands both suffering disappointing campaigns.
Sneijder’s ex-Inter team-mate Samuel Eto'o received 2.9%, finishing narrowly ahead Nuri Sahin, who endured a frustrating debut season at Spanish giants Real Madrid, but won 1.8% of the vote.