Messi and Mourinho star in Uefa.com 2010 dream team
Lionel Messi is joined by rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who makes the elite 11 for the fourth consecutive year
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi got the most votes from Uefa.com’s users as its 2010 Team of the Year was revealed on Thursday.
And Jose Mourinho was picked as Europe’s top manager following last season’s clean sweep with Inter Milan.
Messi netted 47 times for Barca last season and the 23-year-old has already scored 32 in 29 matches this term.
The Argentine is joined by fellow Catalan team-mates Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique, Xavi HernÃƒÂ¡ndez, Andres Iniesta and David Villa – all of whom played crucial parts in Spain’s successful World Cup campaign.
Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas was handed a place between the posts after the 29-year-old became the first Spaniard to captain the national side to victory in football’s most prestigious tournament in South Africa.
His Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo makes the cut for the fourth consecutive year. The forward, who cost Madrid a record fee of £80m, has already began to repay the hierarchy at Bernabeu for their faith in his ability, scoring 64 goals for Los Blancos since moving to Spain in 2009.
And Real Madrid’s most expensive acquisition is joined by compatriot and current manager Mourinho, who enjoyed his most successful year to date in 2010 after guiding Inter Milan to a remarkable treble.
The Milan side won Serie A by two points, overcame Roma in the Coppa Italia and completed the treble with victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final. Inter’s creative midfielder Wesley Sneijder and Brazilian international Maicon also both made the cut.
Ashley Cole is the Premier League’s only representative in this year’s side. The Chelsea left-back made 29 appearances during last season, helping the London side to a Premier League and FA Cup double.
Uefa.com users’ Team of the Year 2010
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid); Maicon (Inter Milan), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Ashley Cole (Chelsea); Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Xavi HernÃƒÂ¡ndez (Barcelona), Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona); Lionel Messi (Barcelona), David Villa (Barcelona). Manager: Jose Mourinho (Real Madrid).