Premier League stars nominated for FIFPro World XI

Premier League stars nominated for FIFPro World XI

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are the African representatives among the 55 players nominated for the 2018 FIFA FIFPro World 11.

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

FIFPro and its national affiliates are responsible for gathering votes from professional footballers worldwide.

Paul Pogba, N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard are among the names included in the 15-man midfield shortlist for a spot in FIFPro's World XI.

His effect on Liverpool's defence should not be underestimated; he has improved their distribution from the back as well as their defensive solidity, helping the Reds reach the Champions League final.

N'Golo Kante has been rewarded with a spot on the shortlist after another fine year in midfield
N'Golo Kante has been rewarded with a spot on the shortlist after another fine year in midfield

The Best FIFA FIFPro World 11 for the year 2018 football season have shortlisted a 55-man list.

Steven Gerrard was named in all three of these years, with striker Fernando Torres named in both 2008 and 2009.

Spain (nine) and France (eight) are the countries with the most players represented on the list, with European players making up 71 per cent of the total players selected. Messi's club-mate Philippe Coutinho - who left Liverpool in January to join Barcelona for £146m - is also included.

The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Mohamed Salah and Luka Modric are among the big names on the list, but there were also some surprises.

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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