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Gareth in Team of Year

Posted on 18 January 2012  - 12:00

Gareth Bale has been named in the users' Team of the Year, 2011.

Gareth Bale has been named in the users' Team of the Year, 2011.

The Welsh flier is the first Spurs player and first Welshman to make it into the team, voted for by fans on

Over 4.5 million voted were cast in selecting the team.

Barcelona and Real Madrid players take eight places in the team with Gareth, Thiago Silva of AC Milan and Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben in for the other three.

Gareth was up against some of Europe's top talent in the left midfield category - Eden Hazard (Lille), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid), Juan Mata (Valencia/Chelsea) and Ashley Young (Villa/United) - but came out on top.

gareth users' Team of the Year 2011:

Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid CF & Spain)

Right-back: Daniel Alves (FC Barcelona)

Centre-back: Gerard Piqué (FC Barcelona & Spain)

Centre-back: Thiago Silva (AC Milan)

Left-back: Marcelo (Real Madrid CF)

Right midfield: Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München & Netherlands)

Centre midfield: Xavi Hernández (FC Barcelona & Spain)

Attacking midfield: Andrés Iniesta (FC Barcelona & Spain)

Left midfield: Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur FC & Wales)

Forward: Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)

Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid CF & Portugal).

Coach: Josep Guardiola (FC Barcelona)