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Virgil Van Dijk included in FIFPro World XI shortlist

14 September, 2018, 05:14 | Author: Tommie Newton
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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.

According to the rules, players are to vote one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards based on the players' performances between 3 July 2017 and 15 July 2018 inclusive.

Real Madrid lead the way with 11 nominations, though there is no place for Gareth Bale.

The final lineup will be revealed in London on September 24.

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.

Barcelona are kings in Spain, Madrid in Europe, over the last few years, and the two clubs are doing battle again in the FIFPro awards.

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Mane, a Senegalese player, has been a regular inclusion for Liverpool in the last season when they reached the final of Champion Leagues and lost to Real Madrid.

Bonucci's Juve team-mate Giorgio Chiellini is among the nominated defenders, along with Stuttgart's World Cup-winning full-back Benjamin Pavard, Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos and Liverpool's Dejan Lovren.

This is the 14th edition of the World XI.

The 20-strong list of defenders also includes Tottenham's Kieran Trippier and Manchester City's Kyle Walker, as well as Barcelona's Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti and Jordi Alba.

Goalkeepers (5): Gianluigi Buffon (Italy/Paris Saint-Germain/Juventus), Thibaut Courtois (Belgium/Real Madrid/Chelsea), David De Gea (Spain/Manchester United), Keylor Navas (Costa Rica/Real Madrid), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Germany/Barcelona).

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