Five Premiership stars in FifPro team of the year

Five Premiership players have been named in the FifPro team of the year announced this morning.

Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has been named and his presence in a team voted for by thousands of players, spanning more than 40 associations, was virtually guaranteed.

Perhaps more surprising is that Ronaldo is only joined by one more United player, Rio Ferdinand.

The defender may have turned in a shaky display at Everton on Saturday but generally the 29-year-old has been superb throughout 2008.

Indeed, many believe his recent eloquent attack on the WAGS culture around England's abysmal 2006 World Cup campaign bore all the hallmarks of the captain Fabio Capello should have appointed.

Not that too many can argue with Capello's choice of John Terry as, for the fourth consecutive year, the Chelsea skipper has made the team as well.

Like United, Liverpool provide two members of the FifPro team, including swashbuckling captain Steven Gerrard, who has finally begun to show his club form at international level.

Alongside Gerrard is Fernando Torres, who proved to be such a success in his first year at Anfield following a £20million move from Atletico Madrid.

FifPro team:

Iker Casillas (Real Madrid) - Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), John Terry (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Carles Puyol (Barcelona) - Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Kaka (AC Milan), Xavi (Barcelona), Lionel Messi (Barcelona) -
Fernando Torres (Liverpool), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United).

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