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

Doug Mendoza
September 12, 2018

FIFPro, the worldwide players' union and FIFA have announced the 55 names in contention for the FIFA FIFPro World11 2018, the world football governing body said on its website on Monday.

The shortlist for goalkeepers and defenders for the FIFPro World XI has been released, and it features Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk.

Once the 55 players have been selected, the XI will be unveiled by FIFA and FIFPro during the Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony in London on September 24. 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.

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.

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

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Cristiano Ronaldo is also nominated for firing Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League, prior to joining the Old Lady over the summer.

The recognition comes after Salah and Mane's huge contributions to Liverpool's 2017-18 campaign, helping the Reds to a third-place finish in the English Premier League and a Uefa Champions League final spot.

AC Milan's Leonardo Bonucci did not make the final list of 20 defenders, which included eight debutants, including Yerry Mina, Virgil van Dijk, Joshua Kimmich, Benjamin Pavard, Dejan Lovren and Kieran Trippier.

Premier League champions Manchester City have three players involved on the shortlist, including Walker, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva following their record-breaking season.

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