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Marcelo and Sergio Ramos somehow made it into the Fifpro World XI and Liverpool's Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold missed out, it doesn't make any sense.
For most people Robertson and Alexander-Arnold would be the two best full backs in the world right now, with Joshua Kimmich the most obvious candidate to muscle his way in on the contest.
Somehow though the world's professional footballers voted for Marcelo and Ramos to be the full backs in the Fifpro World XI, announced during yesterday's FIFA The Best Awards, despite Ramos not even playing full back for a long time.
I just did some data mining on Real Madrid last season:- Owuraku Ampofo (@owuraku_ampofo) September 23, 2019
- Ramos made 42 apps and Marcelo made 34 apps in all comps.
- Real Madrid conceded 71 goals in all comps.
- Marcelo shared a spot with Reguilón.
- Ramos picked up 12 yellow cards and 1 red card.#FIFABestAwards
"I wouldn't have Ramos or Marcelo." :x:
"Hazard's not a midfielder & he doesn't get in as a striker!" :x:
"I wouldn't have Modric in there." :x:
"Alexander-Arnold & Andy Robertson... where are they!?" :rage:
Danny Mills isn't happy with FIFA's World XI choices! pic.twitter.com/0N38Bzkrcy
- talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 24, 2019
Real Madrid played through one of their worst seasons in years with 3 managers. Two managers sacked.
Lopetegui, Solari, Zidane.
Still, Marcelo, Ramos and Modric found their way into #FIFATheBest 11 how?#FIFAFootballAwards
- Tosin Akingba:tm: (@venusakingba) September 23, 2019
After seeing Marcelo, Ramos and Modric on the #fifpro list, I was actually looking for my name there pic.twitter.com/BGB9vDvAkH
- Victor Aderibigbe (@peluumiiiiii) September 23, 2019
How can I explain to my children that Marcelo,Ramos and Modric are among the FIFA 2019 XI with a trophyless season pic.twitter.com/L3VFDjJdDm
- Abel samuel (@abel_sam) September 24, 2019
People who voted for Marcelo, Ramos and Modric ahead of the likes of Bernardo Silva, Trent, Robertson, Laporte and etc. #FIFABestAwards #football pic.twitter.com/IfP8dBU9hQ
- Aogiri (@XenoYT10) September 23, 2019
The two Liverpool players helped win the Reds their sixth European title, beating Spurs in the Champions League final, won the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea and finished second in the Premier League with a record 97 points.
Alexander Arnold was also part of the England team which finished third in the UEFA Nations League in the summer.
Ramos and Marcelo didn't have anywhere near the success they'd had in previous years with Real, getting knocked out of the Champions League in the last 16 and finishing third in La Liga.
They did win the FIFA World Club Cup, beating Kashima Antlers and Al-Ain on their way to the only silverware of their seasons.
Real's defensive record was only the eighth best in Spain's top tier last season as well, not exactly the kind of elite defending you'd want from the full backs in a World XI.
Marcelo started 21 out of 38 league games
He & Ramos part of a defence with the 8th best La Liga defensive record & were KOd in the UCL last 16 by conceding 5 goals to Ajax
Both in FIFA's World XI- cofirming these types of awards are popularity contests not based on meritocracy
- Premier League Panel (@PremLeaguePanel) September 23, 2019
The Liverpool pair also put on an incredible 23 assists for their teammates in the 2018/19 season as Jurgen Klopp's side came within a point of their first Premier League title.
Seriously, no matter how you dress it up, there's simply no way the two Real men, for all their previous achievements, should be anywhere near a team of the year for the past 12 months.
Robertson and Alexander-Arnold can feel very hard done to.
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