Germany gear up to defend their crown as they start their 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification campaign away to Norway.
2011 was the year which saw two of the current best goalkeepers in the world move to the clubs where they would announce themselves as the cream of the crop.
Germany's first choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer withdrew from the training camp earlier on Monday due to a stomach virus.
German champions and league leaders Bayern Munich travel to the Bay Arena to take on fourth place Bayer Leverkusen in Gameweek 20 of the Bundesliga.
Lionel Messi, a former prodigy of Josep Guardiola, proved, once again, that he is the most intelligent player in the world as his two moments of magic and a late goal from Neymar helped FC Barcelona beat Bayern Munich 3-0 at Camp Nou on Tuesday. Luis Enrique said after the game that ‘he no longer gets surprised’ by the brilliance of Leo Messi.
Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or for 2014, with Leo Messi second and Manuel Neuer third. And the Real Madrid attacker has said that he is not done yet.
Bayern star heats up the Ballon D'Or battle after hitting out at Ronaldo
Here's a look at our pick of the biggest 5 names between the two posts across the European leagues, this past season.
Will Arsenal lost out on a prospective big-signing?
TheHardTackle revisits the top five individual performances of 2011.