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The five-strong Catalan contingent was headed by Ballon d'Or nominees Lionel Messi and Xavi, while Cristiano Ronaldo was among four Los Blancos stars to make the cut

La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid accounted for nine members of 2011 Fifa/FifPro World XI.

Reigning world, European and Spanish champions Barca had five representatives, with Ballon d’Or nominees Lionel Messi and Xavi having been joined in the line-up by Barcelona team-mates Dani Alves and Andres Iniesta.

Meanwhile, Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso were included alongside their Madrid colleague Cristiano Ronaldo, who was also a Ballon d’Or candidate.

The only two non-La Liga players to make the side were Manchester United duo Wayne Rooney and Nemanja Vidic.

2011 Fifa/FifPro World XI: Iker Casillas; Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Nemanja Vidic, Dani Alves; Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Xabi Alonso; Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi.