France, Spain dominate FIFPro World XI award nominations

Grant SmithSep 13, 2018

For the FIFPro World 11 award, nearly 25,000 professional footballers from 65 different countries will cast their votes choosing between five goalkeepers, 20 defenders, 15 midfielders and 15 forwards on the list.

Finally, Inter have one representative in Sime Vrsajlko, who helped Atletico Madrid win the Europa League last term and was part of the Croatia side who finished runners-up in Russian Federation.

UEFA's "Player of the Year", World Cup "Golden Ball" victor, and captain of the Croatia national team, Luka Modric, who Federation Internationale de Football Association also included among the top 3 best footballers in the world, has found himself on FIFPro's list for the sixth time and the fourth consecutive time.

The shortlist is dominated by La Liga stars and the 15 names will find out if they have made the final XI at a ceremony in London on September 24. De Gea and Navas are on the list for the fourth time in a row while Buffon was named the No.1 goalkeeper past year. He is joined by Liverpool teammate Dejan Lovren and Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos - who lifted Real's third successive Champions League trophy, at the expense of Liverpool - as well as Madrid teammate Marcelo. Virgil van Dijk, the most expensive defender in history at £75 million, is among the top defenders while Pogba, Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and N'Golo Kante are in the running as part of the midfielders category.

Manchester United duo Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic were included, as was Andres Iniesta, who left Barca for Vissel Kobe after the end of last season. He has already won nine World XI awards, including last year's.

AC Milan's Leonardo Bonucci did not make the final list of 20 defenders, which included eight debutants, including Yerry Mina, Virgil van Dijk, Joshua Kimmich, Benjamin Pavard, Dejan Lovren and Kieran Trippier. Daniel Alves and Ramos are on the list for the 12th consecutive time, level with Bayern Munich legend Philipp Lahm.

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.

The nominations are in for the FIFPro World XI and it includes 15 players now playing their trade in the Premier League.

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