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FIFPro World XI's 55-Man Shortlist Dominated By Premier League For The First Time In A Decade

FIFPro World XI's 55-Man Shortlist Dominated By Premier League For The First Time In A Decade

The Premier League has beaten Europe's other top-tier leagues to have the most players nominated in FIFA's 55-man shortlist for the FIFPro World XI.

According to FIFA, English sides have usurped La Liga from the top spot when it comes to players in contention for the World XI.


Spain's top-flight domestic league has previously been ahead of its rivals in the previous nine World XI votes.

But the Premier League narrowly edged out La Liga in this year's shortlist with 21 players, only one more than the 20 representing the Spanish league.

Liverpool, who won the Champions League title last season, are the Premier League side with the most players featuring in the shortlist.

The Reds have seven players up for nomination, including Alisson, Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane.


However, Liverpool are still behind Barcelona and Real Madrid for the most amount of players to feature in the shortlist.

FIFPro and FIFA will announce the World XI on 23rd September at the Best FIFA Football Awards in the Scala in Milan.

Posted below are all of the nominees for FIFPro World XI.

Credit: FIFA
Credit: FIFA

Goalkeepers (5)

  • Alisson Becker (Brazil, Liverpool FC)
  • David De Gea (Spain, Manchester United)
  • Ederson Moraes (Brazil, Manchester City)
  • Jan Oblak (Slovenia, Atletico Madrid)
  • Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Germany, FC Barcelona)
Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Defenders (20)

  • Jordi Alba (Spain, FC Barcelona)
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold (England, Liverpool FC)
  • Daniel Alves (Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain/Sao Paulo)
  • Joao Cancelo (Portugal, Juventus/Manchester City)
  • Daniel Carvajal (Spain, Real Madrid)
  • Giorgio Chiellini (Italy, Juventus)
  • Virgil van Dijk (The Netherlands, Liverpool FC)
  • Diego Godin (Uruguay, Atletico/Internazionale)
  • Joshua Kimmich (Germany, Bayern Munich)
  • Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal, SSC Napoli)
  • Aymeric Laporte (France, Manchester City)
  • Matthijs de Ligt (The Netherlands, Ajax/ Juventus)
  • Gerard Pique (Spain, FC Barcelona)
  • Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid)
  • Andrew Robertson (Scotland, Liverpool FC)
  • Alex Sandro (Brazil, Juventus)
  • Thiago Silva (Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain)
  • Raphael Varane (France, Real Madrid)
  • Marcelo Vieira (Brazil, Real Madrid)
  • Kyle Walker (England, Manchester City)
Credit: PA
Credit: PA
Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Midfielders (15)

  • Sergio Busquets (Spain, FC Barcelona)
  • Casemiro (Brazil, Real Madrid)
  • Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium, Manchester City)
  • Christian Eriksen (Denmark, Tottenham Hotspur)
  • Frenkie de Jong (The Netherlands, Ajax/FC Barcelona)
  • Eden Hazard (Belgium, Chelsea/Real Madrid)
  • N'Golo Kante (France, Chelsea)
  • Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid)
  • Arthur Melo (Brazil, FC Barcelona)
  • Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid)
  • Paul Pogba (France, Manchester United)
  • Ivan Rakitic (Croatia, FC Barcelona)
  • Bernardo Silva (Portugal, Manchester City)
  • Dusan Tadic (Serbia, Ajax)
  • Arturo Vidal (Chile, FC Barcelona)
Credit: PA
Credit: PA
Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Forwards (15)

  • Sergio Aguero (Argentina, Manchester City)
  • Karim Benzema (France, Real Madrid)
  • Roberto Firmino (Brazil, Liverpool FC)
  • Antoine Griezmann (France, Atletico/FC Barcelona)
  • Harry Kane (England, Tottenham Hotspur)
  • Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern Munich)
  • Sadio Mane (Senegal, Liverpool FC)
  • Kylian Mbappe (France, Paris Saint-Germain)
  • Lionel Messi (Argentina, FC Barcelona)
  • Neymar Junior (Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Juventus)
  • Mohammed Salah (Egypt, Liverpool FC)
  • Heung-Min Son (South-Korea, Tottenham Hotspur)
  • Raheem Sterling (England, Manchester City)
  • Luis Suarez (Uruguay, FC Barcelona)

Predictions for the FIFPro World XI?

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Topics: Football, Football News, FifPro, Serie A, Ligue 1, Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga

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