Wednesday, 20 September 2017

List of 55 most voted players for FIFA FIFPro World 11 announced


A record number of 13 Real Madrid players are among the top 55 footballers according to a poll to select the FIFA FIFPro World 11. FIFPro and its affiliated player associations invited professional footballers worldwide to pick a team of 1 goalkeeper, 4 defenders, 3 midfielders and 3 attackers who were the best at their position during the 2016-2017 season. Some 25,000 professional footballers took part in the poll. The players who received most votes in their line are on the list of 55. At the Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony in London on October 23rd, FIFPro and FIFA will reveal the eleven players who collected most votes on their position: the 2016-2017 World 11. The 2016 World 11 was: Manuel Neuer, Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Andrés Iniesta, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo. THE 55 PLAYERS ARE: Name Country, (previous team)/current team Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon - Italy, Juventus David de Gea - Spain, Manchester United Keylor Navas - Costa Rica, Real Madrid Manuel Neuer - Germany, Bayern Munich Jan Oblak - Slovenia, Atlético Madrid Defenders: David Alaba - Austria, Bayern Munich Jordi Alba - Spain, Barcelona Dani Alves - Brazil, Juventus/Paris Saint-Germain Jérôme Boateng - Germany, Bayern Munich Leonardo Bonucci - Italy, Juventus/Milan Dani Carvajal - Spain, Real Madrid Giorgio Chiellini - Italy, Juventus Diego Godín - Uruguay, Atlético Madrid Mats Hummels - Germany, Bayern Munich Phillipp Lahm - Germany, Bayern Munich/retired David Luiz - Brazil, Chelsea Marcelo - Brazil, Real Madrid Javier Mascherano - Argentina, Barcelona Pepe - Portugal, Real Madrid/Besiktaş Gerard Piqué - Spain, Barcelona Sergio Ramos - Spain, Real Madrid Thiago Silva - Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain Samuel Umtiti - France, Barcelona Antonio Valencia - Ecuador, Manchester United Raphaël Varane - France, Real Madrid Midfielders: Thiago Alcântara - Spain, Bayern Munich Sergio Busquets - Spain, Barcelona Casemiro - Brazil, Real Madrid Philippe Coutinho - Brazil, Liverpool FC Eden Hazard - Belgium, Chelsea Andrés Iniesta - Spain, Barcelona Isco - Spain, Real Madrid N'Golo Kanté - France, Chelsea Toni Kroos - Germany, Real Madrid Nemanja Matić - Serbia, Chelsea/Manchester United Luka Modrić - Croatia, Real Madrid Mesut Özil - Germany, Arsenal Paul Pogba - France, Manchester United Marco Verratti - Italy, Paris Saint-Germain Arturo Vidal - Chile, Bayern Munich Forwards: Gareth Bale - Wales, Real Madrid Karim Benzema - France, Real Madrid Edinson Cavani - Uruguay, Paris Saint-Germain Paulo Dybala - Argentina, Juventus Antoine Griezmann - France, Atlético Madrid Zlatan Ibrahimović - Sweden, Manchester United Harry Kane - England, Tottenham Hotspur Robert Lewandowski - Poland, Bayern Munich Romelu Lukaku - Belgium, Manchester United Kylian Mbappé - France, Paris Saint-Germain Lionel Messi - Argentina, Barcelona Neymar JR - Brazil, Barcelona/Paris Saint-Germain Cristiano Ronaldo - Portugal, Real Madrid Alexis Sánchez - Chile, Arsenal Luis Suárez - Uruguay, Barcelona FACTS AND FIGURES: 13 men played for Real Madrid last season, which is a record. The Spanish club held the previous record of twelve players, set in 2014 and 2015. One player left the Spanish club during summer: Pepe is now playing for Besiktas; 9 players make their first appearance on the list of 55: Jan Oblak, Samuel Umtiti, Antonio Valencia, Casemiro, Philippe Coutinho, Nemanja Matic, Harry Kane, Romelo Lukaku and Kylian Mbappé; 3 players return in this selection after missing out last year: Thiago Alcantara, Isco and Edinson Cavani; 12 players from last year’s list dropped out: Claudio Bravo, Serge Aurier, Hector Bellerin, Xabi Alonso, Kevin De Bruyne, Dimitri Payet, Ivan Rakitic, David Silva, Sergio Agüero, Gonzalo Higuain, Thomas Müller, Jamie Vardy; Of these 12, Xabi Alonso is the only former World 11 award winner (2011 and 2012). The Spaniard recently retired from professional football; Two players have been on every list of 55 since the first World 11 in 2004-2005: Gianluigi Buffon and Cristiano Ronaldo; No African or Asian player received enough votes to make the cut; The 55 players have 20 different nationalities. Nine of them are Spanish, Brazil and France both have 7 players; Philipp Lahm is the only player on the list who retired after last season; FIFPro and FIFA changed the format of the poll. Previously it covered performances over a calendar year, but now it is aligned with the majority of competitions which run from August to June; This is the 13th edition of the World 11. The award was established by FIFPro, the World Players’ Union, in 2005, and later merged with FIFA in 2009.

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