Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Premier League stars nominated for FIFPro World XI

Premier League stars nominated for FIFPro World XI

The final FIFA FIFPro World11 2018 will be announced at The Best FIFA Football Awards in London on Monday 24 September. During voting, they each select one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards.

During the ceremony The Best FIFA Men's Player and Coach, The Best FIFA Women's Player and Coach, The Best FIFA Goalkeeper, the FIFA Puskás Award, the FIFA Fan Award and the FIFA Fair Play Award for 2018 will all also be presented.

Liverpool's Van Dijk, the most expensive defender of all time at £75 million, helped the Reds to the Champions League final last season. Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes called the decision a "disgrace".

The French World Cup winners are Antoine Griezmann, N'Golo Kante, Kylian Mbappe, Benjamin Pavard, Paul Pogba, Samuel Umtiti and Raphael Varane.

De Gea, on a five-man shortlist that includes last year's victor Gianluigi Buffon, is joined by Manchester United teammate Pogba, who has been strongly linked with an exit from Old Trafford.

Chelsea and Spurs have two players each, with midfield dynamo N'Golo Kante and Belgian ace Eden Hazard being joined by Tottenham pair Harry Kane and Kieran Trippier.

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Wales and Real forward Gareth Bale, who scored twice in the Champions League final in May which Madrid won 3-1, did not make the list.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi returns, having been selected in the final XI last season, after winning the league and cup double in Spain.

Former Barcelona star Andres Iniesta is on the list for the 12th consecutive year.

Ten players out of last year's World XI, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, were named on the list, with Spanish giants Real Madrid the best represented club with 11 players.

Samuel Eto'o [2005 & 2006] and Didier Drogba [2007] are the only Africans to have made the World XI.

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