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Yesterday, Fifa released their best Eleven for the year 2017 season in a ceremony in London, which suitably carried a local theme.  Gathered at the Palledium in London were the Creame de le creame of world football, both on the men and women front. 

Predictably, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lieken Martins named men and women player respectively, with their coached Zinedine Zidane and Sarina Wiegman - coach of the Dutch Women team, winning coaches of the year. 

The team of the year were made up, mainly, of Ronaldo's teammates at Real Madrid, as well as those of second place Lionel Messi, with the exception of Buffon (Juventus), Alves (PSG), Bonucci (Milan), and Neymar (PSG). 
There are representatives from La-Liga, Ligue 1, and the Seria A, but conspicuous is the absence of any Player from the "world's best league" So it begs the question, why? 

Is it really the best league in the world if none of its players can get into the World Eleven? 
It is a simple question, with an obvious answer, yet, as it is with most cases, the obvious answers are rarely the right ones. 

Yes, the Premier league still relies more on brawn than brains; and passion in place of technique. If you don't believe that, just listen to their pundits. Yes, the league has many managers - mostly British, who still play what many regard as 18th century football, or kick and follow as we all love to call it around here. And yes, some games are an eyesore for football purists. 

But I would argue that, as is obvious in the list of the best team, all are players from teams that got to the later stages of the Champions League last season, which no English team managed to do. So it is fair to say it is a list based on that more than anything else. 

So, the real question is - why are English Teams failing in the Champions League? 
Again, the obvious answer by many would be "because they are over-rated," but i find that too simplistic atimes. 

Can it not be because of their punishing schedule (they are the only top league without a winter break), which mostly leaves their best players in the red before the knock-out stages of the Champions League? 

Can it not be because their best players are rarely protected by referees as is done in La-Liga to their best players? 

Is it partly because the English FA has sold its soul to the TV companies for more cash, with the later scheduling games anyhow they deem fit, whether it helps the teams or not? 

Yes, more questions. But to get to the right answers, sometimes, the best way to go is to ask more questions. 

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