Liverpool duo Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard have spoken of their delight after they were named in the FIFA/FIFPro World XI for 2009.
The reds pair were included in the line-up after more than 50,000 professional footballers from across the globe voted for the best player in each position.
“It’s a real source of joy and satisfaction as well a privilege to be in this XI,” beamed Torres.
“All of us players try to reach the top and achieve our goals, and receiving this kind of recognition from your fellow professionals is something else, it fills you with pride.
“I want to keep battling to make sure I come back here.
“What’s more, this year I’ve made it without even winning a title. What I mean is, though collectively we’ve not had the best of luck, on a personal note the balance is right and I’m doing my job well.”
Gerrard added: “I feel really flattered and honoured, because it’s really special to be voted for by your colleagues.”
Torres and Gerrard’s inclusion was announced at the FIFA World Player Gala 2009 in Zurich on Monday evening.