Juventus and Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo has been named in UEFA.com’s Team of the Year by the site’s users.
The midfielder, who led his club to the Scudetto last year and his country to the Final of 2012, was recognised by fans in a European based team which was predominantly made up of La Liga stars.
Former Milan centre-back Thiago Silva, sold to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, was also voted into the fantasy XI.
Team of the Year 2012: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid & Spain); Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid & Spain); Gerard Piqué (Barcelona & Spain); Thiago Silva (Milan/Paris Saint-Germain & Brazil); Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich & Germany); Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona & Spain), Xavi Hernández (Barcelona & Spain); Andrea Pirlo (Juventus & Italy); Mesut Özil (Real Madrid & Germany); Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina); Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal).
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