2014 was an amazing year for football where many records were broken and new ones set, many unexpected things happened and this year hosted, arguably, the best World Cups ever.
Real Madrid’s La Decima, Atletico Madrid’s shocking La Liga win, rise and fall of Manchester United, downfall of Dortmund and last but not the least Germany’s ginks breaking world cup were some of the epic moments in 2014.
We have also seen some great players play in 2014 and these players are the future legends and the modern greats.
Here’s Sportzwiki’s best 11 made out of the standout performers of the year 2014.
Goal-Keeper: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich & Germany)
Neuer is unarguably the most entertaining goalkeeper on this planet at present. Neuer throughout this year was unstoppable in front of the goal keeping people from hitting the back of his net. Surprisingly he was also amazing outside his goal area.
Neuer closed this year by winning Bundesliga and DFB Pokal with Bayern and FIFA World Cup with Germany. He also won the World Cup and Bundesliga Golden Glove. The main reason why Manuel is in the world 11 is his bravery and consistency.
Defender : Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid & Spain)
Ramos had a wonderful year with the Los Blancos where he won the much anticipated La Decima and Copa Del Rey. He played a key role in both these triumphs. His brace versus Bayern Munich in the semis and header in the dying minutes versus Atletico Madrid in the finals were his best moments of the year and career as well.
Ramos was not only helping in defense but he also scored many important goals during 2014. Majorly because of his instinctive performance throughout the year Ramos has earned his place in the best 11 of 2014.
Defender: Gary Cahill (Chelsea & England)
Why Gary Cahill? Cahill ended this year without any silverware and was also knocked out of the group stages in the World Cup. Even though Cahill did not achieve any success with his teams he was a very reliable defender and that is clearly reflected on his performance.
Cahill is a simple defender who prefers not to think outside the box during the game and does exactly what he is told to do. He barely puts a foot wrong as he has made only 4 defensive errors in his last 46 games.
Because of his outstanding performance throughout the year he was named as the vice-captain of England, he was also a part of PFA’s team of the season 2013-2014 and all these achievements have earned him a place in Sportzwiki’s team of the year 2014.
Defender: Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich & Germany)
Philipp Lahm is unarguably the best right back on this planet and also the best in recent years. The Germany and Bayern Munich skipper had an excellent year in which he won Bundesliga, DFB Pokal and last but not the least the most awaited trophy for the Germans FIFA World Cup.
Philipp is complete a team player and a true leader. He adds unity in the team and is a player who will be see all over the pitch. He is also a very versatile player as he played as a right back and defensive midfielder in 2014. Creativity, vision, leadership, awareness and versatility are the perfect ingredients in a recipe for a complete defender and for a defender to be in this list.
Central Defensive midfielder: Nemanja Matic (Chelsea & Serbia)
Nemanja Matic is the one of the best defensive midfielders in the world at present and arguably the best in the Premier League. Nemanja is the beast of Premier League as he stands tall like a monster in the central midfield area in order to provide cover to his defenders and very few players who have faced him could have outmuscled him.
He was also compared to one of the best Defensive Midfielders that Chelsea had in previous years in Claude Makelele. Even though he couldn’t win any silverware in 2014 he won hearts of many pundits, critics, his manager and fans. Because of all these aspects he has earned his place in the world 11 of Sportzwiki.
Right Winger: Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich & Holland)
Arjen Robben’s career has been full of ups and downs and this is undoubtedly the best year of his entire career. He was the most important player for both Bayern and Netherlands as he played a major role in Bayern’s Bundesliga title triumph and steered Holland till world cup semis and helped them in earning the 3rd spot.
Robben is one the fastest players in the game and apart from speed he also has dribbling skills, agility, finishing and vision. Currently he is one of the best wingers on this planet and undoubtedly Robben deserves to be in the world 11.
Central Midfielder : Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Germany)
Toni Kroos was one of the most important midfielders of the German team which won the World Cup and he was also an important player for Bayern Munich and is currently holding the same status for Real Madrid.
Toni is a versatile midfielder who comforts himself in number ten, pivot and deep lying play maker roles. Toni Kroos ended this year with Bundesliga, DFB Pokal and World Cup medals. Kroos is currently one of the best midfielders in the world and a potential future great hence he has earned his place in the world 11.
Central Midfielder: Sergio Contreras Pardo Aka Koke (Atletico Madrid & Spain)
Koke’s astonishing performance with Atletico Madrid in La Liga and UEFA Champions League has earned him a spot in this world 11.
Koke is one of the best young footballers on this planet and certainly player on whom his manager can rely on. Koke was one of the major reason behind Atletico Madrid’s La Liga triumph and their journey till the Champions League finals. Koke is a young and developing chap who is just 22 year old and gained a lot of maturity. Koke is also an all-round midfielder who plays on both flanks and also as an attacking midfielder.
Left Winger: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal)
Making a world 11 and not adding Cristiano Ronaldo in it will be a serious offense. Cristiano is arguably the best footballer on this planet at present, scoring goals and hattricks for fun this year. He played a huge role Real Madrid’s La Decima and Copa Del Rey triumphs and also ended 2014 as La Liga and Champions League’s Golden Boot winner. He has scored goals against almost every team he has faced and dribbled past every defender who came in his way.
Forward: Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid, Chelsea & Spain)
Diego Costa was one of the most important players for Atletico Madrid last season and played a huge role in their La Liga title win and UEFA Champions league success. Diego is also an important player for Chelsea this season as he is scoring goals week-in,week-out against the toughest defense of English Premier League.
Diego Costa is a perfect striker who has all the qualities of finishing, positioning and awareness. For defenders Costa is a nightmare and a forward they don’t want to face, hence Diego has earned his place in this world 11.
Forward: Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina)
Every best 11 team which has been made since the past 6-7 years has had Leo Messi in it and so does this one and one does not simply have a reason to not take Leo in his world 11.
Messi had a brilliant year in which he broke multiple records and finished many incomplete businesses and one of them was played a huge part part in the World Cup campaign for Argentina. He won the World Cup Golden Ball with Argentina but unfortunately couldn’t win the world cup. He has an amazing year with Barcelona too where he broke endless records and played in different positions and roles.