London, Jan 9(ANI): A baffled Ashley Cole lambasted his exclusion from the 2012 FIFPro World XI, announced on Monday, saying he might need a Spanish passport to get into that team.
Champions League winners Chelsea did not have a single player named in the FIFPro World XI for 2012, and the Premier League also drew a blank as all 11 players came from Spain’s La Liga, with 10 of them from Real Madrid and Barcelona and six from the Spanish side which won Euro 2012, the Sun reports.
In an exchange on Twitter, Barnet striker Steve Kabba commented on Cole’s omission but the England star responded: “No drama thou its cool this stuff happens #iwantspanishpassport”
Meanwhile, Germany legend Lothar Matthaus said: “I cannot understand that the FIFPro World XI only consists of players from La Liga.”
Many critics championed the cause of Andrea Pirlo, the midfield maestro who helped Juventus to the Serie A title and Italy to the final of Euro 2012, the paper added.
But Cole, who also won the FA Cup with Chelsea and performed well at Euro 2012, perhaps has the most cause to feel hard done by in the poll of FIFPro’s 45,000 members, the paper said.
In 2012, Barcelona pair Dani Alves and Gerard Pique suffered from poor form and injuries but seem to have made the final team as much on reputation as achievement, it further added.
It is only the second time since FIFPro started compiling their World XI of the Year in 2005 that the Champions League winners have not had a representative in the final team.
The other occasion was after Liverpool’s dramatic victory in the first year of the poll. (ANI)