Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Man Utd, Liverpool outnumber Man City in 55-player shortlist

Man Utd, Liverpool outnumber Man City in 55-player shortlist

Around 25,000 professional footballers from 65 countries took part in the poll to decide the contenders.

The top 5 goalkeepers, 20 defenders, 15 midfielders and 15 strikers.

Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and Portuguese attacker Cristiano Ronaldo, who were selected among the top 11 previous year, have appeared on every wider list of 55 players since the 2004/2005 season, or since FIFPro began the competition.

The World XI will be announced at The Best FIFA Football Awards in London on September 24. Surprisingly there is no Gareth Bale, who finished last season at a high level and scored in the Champions League final.

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.

The World11 award has entered the 14th year since its inauguration by FIFPro in 2005 before being merged with Federation Internationale de Football Association in 2009.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were the only two African nominees.

Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid has appeared eight times overall, and in each of the World elevens of the past seven years. Their impressive performances means the Spanish La Liga is usually dominant.

Nemanja Matic also features on a list that includes Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho, Chelsea's Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante, Real Madrid's Isco and Luka Modric as well as Manchester City pair Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva.

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.

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