I don’t think you know anything about football. All right, so you might know some things about football, but whatever you know about football isn’t nearly as important as what I know about football. Knowing more about football than you do, I feel that it’s critical that I let you know who I think were the 25 best players from 2012. So I’ve done a list, chosen from the 80-man shortlist compiled by Backpage Football, because that’s what everyone else is doing.
What was that you had to say about my list? That’s right, you didn’t say anything.
Some art to take your mind off the list.
1. Lionel Messi
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
3. Andres Iniesta
4. Radamel Falcao
5. Robin van Persie
7. Andrea Pirlo
8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
9. Yaya Toure
10. Bastian Schweinsteiger
11. Gianluigi Buffon
12. Vincent Kompany
13. Luis Suarez
14. Mats Hummels
15. Xabi Alonso
16. Philipp Lahm
18. Mario Gomez
19. Gareth Bale
20. Didier Drogba
21. Sergio Ramos
22. Giorgio Chiellini
23. Daniele De Rossi
24. Arturo Vidal
25. Edinson Cavani
– Max Grieve
Max Grieve doesn’t care what we think. So he tells us what to think.
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Nike Football x Cristiano Ronaldo: The CR7 Collection
The new CR7 on- and off-pitch collection blends the uncompromising attitude of the world’s most iconic player with an irreverent, bold style that symbolizes Cristiano Ronaldo’s approach to life.
Unified by a striking graphic logo of a heart (symbolizing a love of winning) slashed by an X (representing a hatred of losing), “Love to win, hate to lose” is a philosophy that informs and appears on every piece of the collection.