David Luiz was last night selected into the FIFPro World XI - the best team of 2014.
Needless to say, the former Chelsea centre-backs inclusion was not a popular one.
While the likes of Atletico Madrid captain Diego Godin, World Cup winner Mats Hummels and Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany were left out, the Paris Saint-Germain centre-back was picked alongside his club and country mate, Thiago Silva, former Germany captain Philipp Lahm and Spain and Real Madrid man Sergio Ramos.
Luiz, the man Chelsea were happy to see the back of in the summer, has not had a good 2014. By any stretch.
He captained Brazil in the World Cup semi-final defeat to Germany, a game that ended in a 7-1 humiliation and was given a huge portion of the blame after one of the worst individual performances in the tournament's history.
Luiz's PSG were hammered 4-2 by lowly Bastia at the weekend; they had scored only 16 goals in their previous 19 matches before the win.
Plenty of people - including former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher - blamed Fifa president Sepp Blatter but he, for once, was not behind the farce: it was other professional players.
David Luiz!!!!!! Get Blatter out!!!!— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) January 12, 2015
The reaction last night when David Luiz was named in the FIFA team of the year.... https://t.co/O9Si8wQJwV— Coral (@Coral) January 13, 2015
Still puzzling how Brazilian bombscare David Luiz made the FIFA team of the year. There's hope for Efe Ambrose yet!— Brian McNally (@McNallyMirror) January 13, 2015
David Luiz. Can't defend. Losing 7-1 vs Germany. Mourinho sent him away. Still World XI Award!!! Marvin Gaye: - What's Going On— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) January 12, 2015
Stewie from Family Guy has just been told that David Luiz is in the 2014 FIFA Team of the Year http://t.co/3oCpcHkrWC— Shoot Magazine (@shootmagazine) January 12, 2015
How can David Luiz get in the Team Of The Year after a terrible world cup ✋— Mark Keeble (@MarkKeeble_) January 12, 2015
I still can't believe David F**king Luiz made the #TOTY. Are you kidding me?— JΛY BUCKS (@TheMasterBucks) January 12, 2015
when you saw DAVID LUIZ was in the TOTY https://t.co/KaGlijHuVt— daley blind (@b4dderman) January 12, 2015
David Luiz in the Team of the Year? For comedic value, one assumes.— Keir Radnedge (@KeirRadnedge) 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
To be fair to David Luiz, he is a magical footballer. He managed to totally disappear against Brazil.— Sam Homewood (@SamHomewood) January 12, 2015
The extended Luiz family picked their own best XI just before Christmas. David didn't even make that.— Sachin Nakrani (@SachinNakrani) January 12, 2015
After naming David Luiz in team of the year, the FIFPro website has crashed ..— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) 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— UK Sport Banter (@UKSportBanter) January 12, 2015
When you find out David Luiz has made the team of the year. https://t.co/mkDGVmAS6s— Football Vines (@Vine_Football) January 12, 2015
David Luiz has made team of the year...https://t.co/b4mymIzGLw— Football Vines (@FootballVines) 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 is a good defender don't get me wrong but being in that world XI ahead of hummels and tiago sliva to me is a joke #WorldXI— Daniel Fox (@ghosthd2121) January 13, 2015
Wolrd best centre backs Thiago Silva and David Luiz, 7 1 at the world cup and 4 2 against Bastia at the weekend— TONY ADAMS™ (@toneskybaba) January 13, 2015
Thiago Silva and David Luiz best defence in the world... those who conceded 4 goals to Bastia and 7 to Germany. Fifa is a farce.— Julian (@FCBJulian) January 13, 2015
David Luiz in team of the year? No Jason Puncheon? Scandalous— Luke Tyler (@LTYmusic) January 13, 2015
David Luiz in FIFA world team of the year?! What about Shawcross?— Dylan Hawkins (@dylan_hawkins) January 13, 2015
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David Luiz team of the year LOL Why not Godin?— David Bargery (@Barge1989) January 13, 2015