BLACKBURN, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 06:  Xabi Alonso of Liverpool celebrates scoring the first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackburn Rovers and Liverpool at Ewood Park on December 6, 2008 in Blackburn, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Picking a World Class XI of Players Who Never Made the PFA Team of the Year

This season Sergio Aguero was voted into the PFA Team of the Year for the first time in his seven seasons at Manchester City. For a striker who has consistently hit around 20 league goals every year, it's remarkable.


Surely it can't be just be Aguero who failed to get recognition from opposition players in the form of a PFA Team of the Year selection though, right? 


You bet it isn't. Here is a world class XI of players who never got voted into the coveted selection...

11. GK - Pepe Reina

At the peak of his Liverpool career Pepe Reina was a world-class goalkeeper, earning 57 clean sheets between 2005/06 and 2007/08. 


Although Reina's last couple of seasons at Anfield saw his form drop dramatically before being sold to Napoli in 2013, the Spaniard undoubtedly deserved a spot in the PFA team of the year in at least one season. Having Edwin van der Sar as competition probably didn't help.

10. RB - César Azpilicueta

Azpilicueta joined Chelsea in 2012, and the 28-year-old has since enjoyed a stellar career with the Blues.


The Spaniard has won two league titles, two league cups and the Europa league with the club, and has accumulated 32 assists throughout his time at Chelsea - testament to his ability to deliver a wicked cross into the box. 


There's still time for Azpilicueta to make the PFA team - but he'll have to up his game even further to make it.


9. CB - Ricardo Carvalho

Another one of Mourinho's key signings in creating his first title-winning Chelsea side, Carvalho struck up an unbreakable centre-back partnership with John Terry which saw the Blues concede just 15 goals in the season of 2004/05. Utterly incredible.


Carvalho spent six years at Stamford Bridge, winning three Premier League titles, before moving to Real Madrid in 2010. 

8. CB - Ledley King

The forgotten man. If it wasn't for severe knee injuries throughout King's career, the former Spurs captain would've gone down as one of the Premier League era's great centre backs . 


King's defensive positioning was his best quality, earning just 10 yellow cards and no red cards in 350 career games. 

7. LB - Nigel Winterburn

Winterburn was a vital part of that Arsenal back four and will go down as one of the Gunners' best left-backs in their history. He served the club for 13 years with great success, winning seven trophies along the way.


His tackling ability, aggression and energy was superb and it's a shame Winterburn didn't win more England caps. 

6. CM - Claude Makelele

Next up is Makelele in 'the Makelele role' of course. The fact the Frenchman had a position effectively named after him shows how influential he was in his prime. 


Makelele was a pioneer for the defensive midfield position and it wasn't unusual for the midfielder to go unappreciated - but not from his teammates. Former Real Madrid star Steve McManaman wrote in his autobiography about Makelele, "Ask anyone at Real Madrid during the years we were talking about and they will tell you he was the best player at Real. We all knew, the players all knew he was the most important." 


Mourinho's system in his first tenure at Stamford Bridge was built around Makelele, so it's truly unbelievable he never got voted into the PFA team. 

5. CM - Xabi Alonso

A genuine world-class talent who went on to win almost everything in the game, with an almost unparalleled stylishness. 


Alonso, who is one of the best passers of the ball to have ever graced the Anfield pitch, spent five years at Liverpool as a fan favourite, winning the Champions League and FA Cup along the way. 


Playing for his country, Alonso won two European Championships in 2008 and 2012 as well as the World Cup in 2010.

4. CM - Luka Modric

Not a bad midfield, eh? Although Modric has taken his game to a new level at Real Madrid since moving to Spain in 2012, the Croatian was already a sublime midfielder at Tottenham in the Premier League. 


He might not have won the silverware at White Hart Lane to justify a spot in the PFA Team of the Year, but there was a time in the Premier League where Modric was one of the best central midfielders in the league. 

3. RW - Freddie Ljungberg

Ljungberg may not be the first name you think of when you consider Arsenal's Invicibles, but Gunners fans will tell you more than most about how key the Swedish winger was to that side. 


Often played on the right side of midfield, Ljungberg had a great connection with Dennis Bergkamp which saw the two combine for numerous goals. 


In 2001/02 Arsenal won the league and the FA Cup, and Ljungberg was named Premier League player of the season.

2. LW - Marc Overmars

The flying Dutchman of Highbury was largely overlooked in his time at Arsenal from 1997 to 2000, especially in his first season which saw the Gunners win the double. 


That's because Ryan Giggs was at the peak of his powers and stealing the headlines. Even so, the winger's blistering pace and coolness in front of goal put him down as Arsenal legend, despite only being at the club for three years.

1. ST - Robbie Fowler

When Robbie Fowler broke onto the scene in the early 90s, he was regarded as one of the most exciting upcoming strikers in the Premier League - and he didn't disappoint. 


The Liverpudlian was often described as the most natural finisher of his generation, so it's no surprise he remains sixth on the list of the all time Premier League top scorers.


The only reason why he missed out on the PFA Team of the Year was due to the ridiculous depth of striking talent in the division at the time.