Spain and Manchester United were the two big winners of 2008 in terms of major honours and it is of no surprise to see a number of players from those two squads dominate the end-of-year awards season and ‘best of’ lists.
French newspaper L’Equipe was no exception as their group of sports journalist hand-picked their ideal XI for 2008.
Four players were from the UEFA Champions League-winning Red Devils team while three were from the Euro 2008 champions of La Furia Roja.
The publication’s internet users were also invited to line-up their favourite team and although there were some differences, the key players remained the same.
L’Equipe Journalists’ Best XI: Casillas – Dani Alves, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra – Lionel Messi, Xavi, Steven Gerrard, Cristiano Ronaldo – Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Fernando Torres
L’Equipe Internet Users’ Best XI: Casillas (17, 963 votes) – Sergio Ramos (17, 828), John Terry (16, 953), Rio Ferdinand (15, 148), Philipp Lahm (19, 526) – Dani Alves (12, 953), Steven Gerrard (28, 418), Kaka (12, 876), Franck Ribery (29, 601) – Lionel Messi (25, 073), Cristiano Ronaldo (26, 728)
KS Leong, Goal.com