Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva named in UEFA.com users' Team of the Year 2012
Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva has been named in the Uefa.com users’ Team of the Year for the second year running.
Silva, 28, who moved from Italian giants AC Milan to last season’s Ligue 1 runners up for €42million in July, was chosen in central defence alongside Barcelona’s Gerard Piqué in the team, and, along with Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo and Bayern Munich full-back Philipp Lahm, was one of the three players selected who did not play for Real Madrid or Barcelona.
Around 5.3million votes were recorded by Uefa from about 500,000 registered users and a representative from the selection will receive a check for €100,000 to be donated to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The team in full:
Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid and Spain)
Defense: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid, Spain)
Defense: Gerard Piqué (Barcelona, Spain)
Defense: Thiago Silva (Milan / Paris Saint-Germain)
Defense: Philipp Lahm (Bayern, Germany)
Midfielder: Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona and Spain)
Midfield: Xavi Hernández (Barcelona, Spain)
Midfielder Andrea Pirlo (Juventus, Italy)
Midfield: Mesut Özil (Real Madrid and Germany)
Striker: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Striker: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid and Portugal)