Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Cristiano Ronaldo were all named in the XI by L'Equipe's team of journalists.
L'Équipe (French for "the team") is a French nationwide daily newspaper devoted to sports. The paper is noted for coverage of football, rugby, motorsports and cycling. Its ancestor was L'Auto, a general sports paper, whose name reflected not any narrow interest but the excitement of the time in car racing.
L'Auto originated the Tour De Frnace cycling stage race in 1903 as a circulation booster. The race leader's yellow jersey (maillot jaune) was instituted in 1919, probably to reflect the distinctive yellow newsprint on which L'Auto was published.
The XI are:
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid) - Dani Alves (Barcelona), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United), Patrick Evra (Manchester United) - Xavi (Barcelona), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) - Fernando Torres (Liverpool), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan)