Bale named in’s 2011 Team of the Year

Gareth Bale has been selected among football’s elite in’s 2011 Team of the Year.

The team, which was voted by visitors to the website, features top stars such as Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Welshman told his club’s official website: “It’s great to be recognised in such illustrious company, and the fact that it’s voted for by fans across Europe makes it a special honour.

“But as I’ve said all along, I’m part of a team here at Spurs and any recognition I receive is down to my team-mates as much as anything that I do individually.

“The team has been playing really well and we’ve all played a part in that.”