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David De Gea Virgil van Dijk among contenders in FIFPro World XI

13 September, 2018, 20:41 | Author: Delia Walker
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The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Mohamed Salah and Luka Modric are among the big names on the list, but there were also some surprises.

World champion France had eight players, one less than former holder Spain, in worldwide players' association FIFPro's 55-name shortlist for its World XI of 2018 award.

All 55 players were selected by fellow professional footballers, as 25 000 players from 65 different countries voted for one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards. De Gea and Navas are on the list for the fourth time in a row while Buffon was named the No.1 goalkeeper past year.

The XI will be unveiled by FIFA and FIFPro during the Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony in London on September 24. He is joined by Liverpool teammate Dejan Lovren and Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos - who lifted Real's third successive Champions League trophy, at the expense of Liverpool - as well as Madrid teammate Marcelo.




However, United's Alexis Sanchez lost his place on the list following a tricky debut season at Old Trafford, with former striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, now of LA Galaxy, also dropping out.

Everton's Yerry Mina, who is yet to make his debut for the club following his Deadline Day move from Barcelona, is included in the list.

The 27-year-old played a key role in their third-place finish in Russian Federation, which led to speculation he could replace Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid. Andres Iniesta, who left Barcelona for Japan's Vissel Kobe, is on the list for the 12th year in a row.

The World11 award has entered the 14th year since its inauguration by FIFPro in 2005 before being merged with Federation Internationale de Football Association in 2009.

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