Virgil Van Dijk included in FIFPro World XI shortlist

13 September, 2018, 20:42 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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Players were asked to pick one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three attackers who excelled in the 2017-18 season.

Almost 25,000 professional footballers from about 65 different countries voted for 55 players to select one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards for the 2018 World XI, FIFA said.

The XI will be unveiled by FIFA and FIFPro during the Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony in London on September 24.

Mohamed Salah was nominated to the final list after presenting spectacular performance on both club and global level last season with Liverpool and the Egyptian national team.

Federation Internationale de Football Association on Monday announced 55 nominees to come up with a team of 11 players to be named the squad of the year. De Gea and Navas are on the list for the fourth time in a row while Buffon was named the No.1 goalkeeper previous year.


Former Barcelona star Andres Iniesta is on the list for the 12th consecutive year.

His effect on Liverpool's defence should not be underestimated; he has improved their distribution from the back as well as their defensive solidity, helping the Reds reach the Champions League final. He has already won nine World XI awards, including last year's.

The 20-strong list of defenders also includes Tottenham's Kieran Trippier and Manchester City's Kyle Walker, as well as Barcelona's Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti and Jordi Alba.

Premier League champions Manchester City have three players involved on the shortlist, including Walker, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva following their record-breaking season.

Ten players out of last year's World XI, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, were named on the list, with Spanish giant Real Madrid the best represented club with 11 players.

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