55-Man shortlist r FIFA FIFpro world 11 revealed

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Football’s governing body FIFA alongside, the
worldwide players’ union FIFPro have revealed a
55 – man shortlist for the FIFA FIFPro World XI for
2018. The list which features two players from
Africa, will be whittled down to a list of 11
players voted by almost 25 , 000 professional
footballers from 65 different countries .
According to the rules , players are to vote one
goalkeeper , four defenders , three midfielders and
three forwards based on the players’
performances between 3 July 2017 and 15 July
2018 inclusive . The list features 10 players that
featured in the final of the World Cup with the
goalkeepers, Hugo Lloris and Danijel Subasic ,
missing out.
The list is dominated with Spanish players (9 ),
followed by France with eight players.
The final World XI will be announced on Monday
24 September alongside The Best FIFA Men’s
Player and Coach , The Best FIFA Women ’s Player
and Coach , The Best FIFA Goalkeeper , the FIFA
Puskás Award , the FIFA Fan Award and the FIFA
Fair Play Award for 2018 .

The 55 players selected (home country / club )

Goalkeepers (5 ): Gianluigi Buffon (Italy / Paris
Saint- Germain/ Juventus FC ), Thibaut Courtois
(Belgium/ Real Madrid CF/ Chelsea FC ), David De
Gea (Spain/ Manchester United FC ), Keylor Navas
(Costa Rica / Real Madrid CF), Marc- André ter
Stegen (Germany / FC Barcelona).

Defenders (20 ): Jordi Alba (Spain/ FC Barcelona),
Daniel Carvajal (Spain/ Real Madrid CF ), Giorgio
Chiellini (Italy / Juventus FC ), Dani Alves (Brazil /
Paris Saint- Germain), Diego Godin (Uruguay /
Atletico Madrid ), Mats Hummels (Germany / FC
Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Germany / FC
Bayern Munich) Dejan Lovren (Croatia/ Liverpool
FC), Marcelo (Brazil / Real Madrid CF), Yerry Mina
(Colombia / Everton FC / FC Barcelona ), Benjamin
Pavard (France / VfB Stuttgart), Gerard Pique
(Spain/ FC Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Spain / Real
Madrid CF), Thiago Silva (Brazil / Paris Saint-
Germain), Kieran Trippier (England / Tottenham
Hotspur), Samuel Umtiti (France/ FC Barcelona ),
Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands / Liverpool FC),
Raphael Varane (France / Real Madrid CF), Sime
Vrsaljko (Croatia/ Internazionale/ Atletico Madrid ),
Kyle Walker (England / Manchester City FC).

Midfielders (15 ): Sergio Busquets (Spain / FC
Barcelona), Casemiro (Brazil / Real Madrid CF),
Philippe Coutinho (Brazil / FC Barcelona), Kevin De
Bruyne (Belgium / Manchester City FC), Eden
Hazard (Belgium, Chelsea FC), Andres Iniesta
(Spain/ Vissel Kobe / FC Barcelona ), Isco (Spain / Real
Madrid CF), N’ Golo Kante (France/ Chelsea FC),
Nemanja Matic (Serbia/ Manchester United FC),
Luka Modric (Croatia/ Real Madrid CF), Paul
Pogba (France/ Manchester United FC), Ivan
Rakitic (Croatia/ FC Barcelona ), David Silva
(Spain/ Manchester City FC), Arturo Vidal (Chile /
FC Barcelona / FC Bayern Munich).

Forwards (15 ): Karim Benzema (France/ Real
Madrid CF), Edinson Cavani (Uruguay / Paris Saint-
Germain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal / Juventus
FC/ Real Madrid CF), Paulo Dybala (Argentina /
Juventus FC ), Antoine Griezmann (France / Atletico
Madrid), Harry Kane (England / Tottenham
Hotspur), Robert Lewandowski (Poland / FC Bayern
Munich), Romelu Lukaku (Belgium / Manchester
United FC), Mario Mandzukic (Croatia/ Juventus
FC), Sadio Mane (Senegal/ Liverpool FC), Kylian
Mbappe (France/ Paris Saint- Germain), Lionel
Messi (Argentina / FC Barcelona ), Neymar (Brazil /
Paris Saint- Germain), Mohamed Salah (Egypt /
Liverpool FC), Luis Suarez (Uruguay / FC
Barcelona).

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