Sergio Ramos And Luka Modric To Be Named In FIFA World XI
Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric are set to be named in the FIFA FIFPro Men's World XI when it is announced on Monday.
That's according to a report in Marca who say the Real Madrid stalwarts are set to make it in to the prestigious side.
In years gone by, it wouldn't be a shock to many that two of Real Madrid's key players would be included.
However, 'Los Blancos' haven't endured the best of years.
Since last September, Madrid have sacked two managers in Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari as well as endured a humiliating Champions League exit at the hands of Ajax.
Zinedine Zidane is back at the helm but even his future looks uncertain after a mediocre start to the season as well as Wednesday's humiliating 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.
Ramos is still one of the world's best defenders but hasn't enjoyed on of his best years.
One of the defining moments of his season involved a yellow card that he picked up on purpose in the first leg against Ajax.
The Madrid captain assumed his side could cope without him, but UEFA found out about his plan so he missed Wednesday night's game too.
Virgil van Dijk will likely be partnering the Spaniard at the back so that means Gerard Pique, Aymeric Laporte, Matthjis de Ligt amongst others will miss out.
Ramos' inclusion will be the tenth time he has been included in his career, making him the third most picked player.
The top two are quite predictable, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi who are virtually guaranteed to be part of the front three in the announced team on Monday.
In the case of Modric, the Croatian hasn't managed to hit the levels that saw him win the Champions League and reach a World Cup Final in 2018.
To be fair to him it is hard to hit those types of levels year in year out.
But the last 12 months have seen a crop of excellent midfielders emerge who could command a spot in the XI.
Of the 15 man midfield shortlist, only two of Kevin De Bruyne, Frenkie de Jong, Paul Pogba, N'Golo Kante, Bernardo Silva amongst others could join the 34-year-old in the centre of the park.
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