Spain’s Primera División may have shockingly dropped down to fourth place in IFFHS’ [International Federation of Football History & Statistics] ranking for the World’s Strongest League of 2008, but the country’s two top stars were duly rewarded. And, for once, Cristiano Ronaldo missed out.
Over the past two days the IFFHS named their World’s Best Goalkeeper and World’s Best Playmaker of 2008, and they were won by Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas and
The votes were cast by a panel of expert journalist from 83 countries, who picked their top four players in each position and allocated four points for their first choice, three points for second, and so on.
Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon and Manchester United’s Edwin van der Sar followed behind Casillas in the goalkeeping department, while Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi placed behind Xavi as the best two other playmakers.
United’s Portuguese ace only placed fourth in the World’s Best Top Division Goalscorer of 2008, a title awarded strictly based on goals scored without taking co-efficient points into consideration.
Xavi, Ronaldo and Messi will go head to head again on Monday, January 12, along with
IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper of 2008 Rankings
IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker of 2008 Rankings
IFFHS World’s Best Top Division Goalscorer of 2008 Rankings
1. Lucas Ramón Barrios,
2. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar,
3. Miguel Alejandro Ximénez,
KS Leong, Goal.com