Ahead of the Goal 50 on Monday, July 29, our countdown continues with each of Goal’s five regional managing editors this week choosing their best world XIs from 2012-13
In goal, Manuel Neuer has been immense for Bayern Munich during their treble-winning season and is joined by his ever-present team-mate Philipp Lahm at right-back.
The young Raphael Varane and experienced Thiago Silva are partnered in central defence to give the side solidity and finesse at the back, while 20-year-old Mattia De Sciglio earns a spot in the left-back position based on his supreme composure at the highest level for AC Milan and Italy, despite his inexperience at just 20 years old.
The midfield is comprised of two visionary playmakers in the form of Arjen Robben and Andres Iniesta, playing on opposing wings to give the side width and plenty of creativity. In the centre, a versatile Victor Moses is tasked with stabilising the midfield, which he did so well for Nigeria during their victorious Africa Cup of Nations campaign.
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