The best division in the world Probably not! Kompany is only Premier League player to be voted into Team of the Year XI 2012
15:47 GMT, 14 December 2012
Is the Premier League really the best league in the world Do we really boast the best teams made up of the greatest footballing talents on the planet On this evidence, we're not even close.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany was the only player from the English top-flight to be voted into the World XI 2012 by a panel of experts.
The big Belgian centre half partners Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos at the heart of the defence, as the pair are flanked by Barcelona’s Jordi Alba and Bayern Munich’s Philipp Lahm in a water-tight back four.
Lone representative: Vincent Kompany was the only Premier League player to make the final World XI of 2012
Waiting in the wings: Philipp Lahm of Bayern Munich (right) and Jordi Alba (left) would play at full back
Water-tight: Sergio Ramos completes the back four, partnering Kompany at in the middle
THE FULL WORLD XI 2012
Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid, Spain)
Defenders: Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich, Germany), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid, Spain), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City, Belgium), Jordi Alba (Barcelona, Spain)
Midfielders: Andres Iniesta (Barcelona, Spain), Xavi (Barcelona, Spain), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus, Italy)
Forwards: Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid, Colombia), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Portugal), Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina)
The World XI was voted for by a panel of experts at worldsoccer.com
The back four would – hypothetically, of course – deputise in front of Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
Kompany’s team-mates David Silva and Yaya Toure may have been disappointed to hear that they missed out on a place in the midfield.
But they could have little complaint with the trio the experts voted in in their place. Diminutive Barcelona maestros Xavi and Iniesta partner Italian playmaker Andrea Pirlo in the middle.
This classy midfield would surely be prone to a rapid counter attack – should the opposition ever get the ball off them – but the three experienced playmakers are among the best passers in the game.
No one can argue with the front three though – not even Premier League marksmen Robin van Persie or Wayne Rooney.
Barca boys: Xavi (right) and Barcelona team-mate Andres Iniesta (left) play in midfield
Maestro: Andrea Pirlo (right) partners the Barcelona duo
Lionel Messi, Radamel Falcao and Cristiano Ronaldo make up the fearsome front line. Between the three of them they have scored 52 league goals already this season.
Messi alone has scored 23 of those in just 15 games, and the Argentine netted a brace in midweek to take his goal tally in 2012 to a record 88 goals.
Falcao, who has been targeted by Chelsea and Manchester City has been a revelation during his time at Atletico Madrid. Perhaps his performance of the season came when he demolished Chelsea in the final of the Super Cup with an expertly taken hat-trick.
Ronaldo has gone from strength to strength since leaving Manchester United for a record 82million for Real Madrid in 2009. The Portugal captain has seen his side struggle somewhat in the league this season, although he's still managed to notch up 13 goals in La Liga before hailing in the New Year.
The panel of over 100 journalists and experts at worldsoccer.com only gave United striker Rooney a solitary vote – the same as his City rival Sergio Aguero.
Obvious Lionel Messi was unsurprisingly voted into the team
Another one: Radamel Falcao joins Messi in the line-up over the likes of Robin van Persie
Sitting pretty: Ronaldo leads the line in a team dominated by La Liga players
Van Persie and Tottenham winger Gareth Bale got a little closer to the final XI. The Dutchman, whose derby-winning free-kick against City on Sunday was his 10th goal of the campaign, received 18 votes, and Bale racked up nine votes to make it into the midfield.
The closest Premier League goalkeeper to usurping Casillas between the sticks was Chelsea's Petr Cech with 15 votes. City stopper Joe Hart only managed two.
Luis Suarez was overlooked by each and every member of the panel, and didn't receive a single vote on the day former director of football at Liverpool, Damien Comolli, declared him as one of the best players in the world.
Another notable absence was Sweden and Paris Saint-Germain's brooding striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who only received 20 votes to be part of the front three alongside Messi and Ronaldo.
He scored one of the goals of the year when he leapt off the ground to score a propeller kick against England last month.
Brazilian sensation Neymar also missed out on the squad. The 20-year-old Santos striker would have been the only player in the squad who plays outside Europe.
Bizarrely, Suarez's team-mate Glenn Johnson received a single vote in the awards conducted by the prestigious football site to depose Lahm at right back.
The Premier League only had one representative in Kompany, but La Liga dominated the squad. Eight of the XI played in La Liga, and seven of those for Barcelona or Real Madrid.
Is the English top-flight the most exciting and competitive league in the world Maybe. Does it have the best players On this evidence, it's an overwhelming no.
Just the one United striker Wayne Rooney only got one vote
Sorry Luis! Suarez didn't receive a single vote from the panel