2012 has been an incredible year for sport.

We’ve triumphed as both hosts and participants at the Olympic and Paralympic games. We’ve sat perplexed in the early hours of the morning as a miracle occurred at Medinah and we’ve been stunned by a man winning the Tour De France, despite being weighed down by impressive facial hair.

Football may have bathed in the murky waters of controversy far too often, but there were still plenty of moments that produced the James May ‘fizzing’ sensation. The Premier League enjoyed its most entertaining season to date, which ended in fitting fashion with a thrilling last-minute winner to gift Manchester City their first title in 44 years.

Lionel Messi’s individual brilliance may have stolen the show during this past calendar year, but there are a number of players worthy of equal praise and applause.

Click on David Silva to reveal the Premier League XI of 2012

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