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FIFA FIFPro World XI: Which players merit selection?

Thursday 13th September 2018

In the footballing galaxy, September is defined by three events; international window, Champions League and FIFA Best Awards. Of the trio, it can be argued the latter is most eagerly anticipated.

Over the past decade, attempting to oust Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi from individual honour has proven an impossible task. Few who tried failed. Instead, the others have had to contend for a spot in FIFPro World XI. 

On Monday, the worldwide players' union, along with FIFA, announced the 55 names in contention for 2018. On the list are 5 goalkeepers, 20 defenders, 15 midfielders and 15 attackers. Real Madrid and France are the most-represented club and country. 

Although the players themselves will do the selecting, they could make use of a guide. We have pre-empted the possible outcome based on individual contribution to team's success during the last year.

Here's our FIFA FIFPro World XI.

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Toby Prince

If the sport has 11-men on each side, a ball and lasts for 90 minutes then I'll write about it. Simply put, I'm an unrepentant soccer freak that other freaks will, however, call a geek. I do find time for music when not watching the beautiful game, though and have been known to produce the odd track. 

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