David Luiz was a shock inclusion in Fifa's FIFPro World XI for 2014, despite the disastrous end to his World Cup campaign in the summer.
The former Chelsea defender earned widespread ridicule following his hapless showing in Brazil’s 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany, while his performances for Paris Saint-Germain since a £50 million move from Stamford Bridge in June have not been much better.
Real Madrid dominated the Team of the Year, meanwhile, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos and Toni Kroos all earning a place in the side, as well as their former midfielder and now-Manchester United star Angel Di Maria.
Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich also provided Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm and Arjen Robben, while Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta and Luiz’s centre-back partner with PSG and Brazil, Thiago Silva, rounded out the XI.
Nevertheless, it was Luiz’s nomination which stirred the most reaction among the footballing community and, with the team voted for by around 50,000 professional players from across 70 countries, many were left scratching their heads over how he had made it into the line-up.
David Luiz!!!!!! Get Blatter out!!!!— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) January 12, 2015
Reliably informed that @StephanieRoche9 never won the puskas award for best goal..... Shocking— Robbie Fowler (@Robbie9Fowler) January 12, 2015
Saying that.... Not as shocked as seeing luiz in team of the year... #whaaaaaaat— Robbie Fowler (@Robbie9Fowler) January 12, 2015
David Luiz in Fifa/FIFPro World XI for 2014, which is voted for by players worldwide. That's almost as alarming as Fifa's Qatar 2022 vote.— Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes) January 12, 2015
The pros who voted for David Luiz in the FIFA team of the year pls hand yourself in to your local police station immediately!— Craig Burley (@CBurleyESPN) January 12, 2015
When Luiz' name popped up, surely all of us were united with the same thought... "WTF!?!?Did someone leave Sepp alone with the envelope?" ;)— Colin Murray (@ColinMurray) January 12, 2015
David Luiz very lucky to see off David Wheater.— John Brewin (@JohnBrewinESPN) January 12, 2015
After naming David Luiz in team of the year, the FIFPro website has crashed ..— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) January 12, 2015
Sepp Blatter had a better 2014 than David Luiz.— Stefan Bienkowski (@SBienkowski) January 12, 2015
The German lads all voted for Luiz. Jokers.— Sachin Nakrani (@SachinNakrani) January 12, 2015
I think AFC Wimbledon could beat this FIFpro World XI. David Luiz no match for Akinfenwa.— James Tyler (@JamesTylerESPN) January 12, 2015
If David Luiz and Andres Iniesta are in the World XI, where is Diego Godín and Andrea Pirlo?— Jimmy Conrad (@JimmyConrad) January 12, 2015
The saddest thing about all this is that David Luiz is by all accounts a very, very nice man.— Musa Okwonga (@Okwonga) January 12, 2015
What are they smoking in Zürich? A cruel, cruel joke on David Luiz, that....— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) January 12, 2015
David Luiz in world XI? And they say Fifa is a laughing stock...— Owen Gibson (@owen_g) January 12, 2015
David Luiz honoured for spearheading the greatest humiliation in World Cup history and helping PSG to a current 4th in Ligue1 #BallonDOr2014— Adam Fraser (@AFraser) January 12, 2015
David Luiz makes FIFA FIFPro World XI despite 7-1 defeat to Germany and Chelsea selling him.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 12, 2015
David Luiz in FIFA team of 2014 to mark his World Cup performance— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) January 12, 2015