It’s award season.
The 55-man shortlist for the FIFA FIFPro World XI has been announced, and it’s full of all the obvious candidates.
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Luis Suarez all make the list, which is voted for by around 25,000 professional footballers.
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But scratch below the surface and you’ll find some pretty glaring omissions.
For example, who would you say has been the best Premier League midfielder over the last 12 months?
For us, and we’re by no means Man City fans, it’s been Kevin De Bruyne.
However there’s no place on the list for the Belgian, despite six Premier League midfielders being named.
If he’s looking for a shoulder to cry on he can go to David Silva who has also, rather bafflingly, missed out.
But you can always rely on Sergio Aguero to pick them up, right?
Wrong. The striker hasn’t made the cut either, despite scoring 33 goals for City in all competitions last season.
Gabon and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed out on being the only African international on the list- harsh given he scored 40 times in all competitions.
So who has made the cut?
You can find the full list below, but here are some easily-digestible facts from the shortlist.
Real Madrid’s 13 representatives is the most in FIFPro history, while Ronaldo and Gianlugi Buffon have made every single list since the first award ceremony in the 2004/05 season.
But- and this is going to make you really sad- there’s no place for Jamie Vardy, who made the cut last year.
Chat s***, get dropped from the FIFPro World XI shortlist.
Gianluigi Buffon – Italy, Juventus
David de Gea – Spain, Manchester United
Keylor Navas – Costa Rica, Real Madrid
Manuel Neuer – Germany, FC Bayern München
Jan Oblak – Slovenia, Atlético Madrid
David Alaba – Austria, FC Bayern München
Jordi Alba – Spain, FC Barcelona
Dani Alves – Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain
Jérôme Boateng – Germany, FC Bayern München
Leonardo Bonucci – Italy, Juventus/AC Milan
Dani Carvajal – Spain, Real Madrid
Giorgio Chiellin -i Italy, Juventus
Diego Godín – Uruguay, Atlético Madrid
Mats Hummels – Germany, FC Bayern München
Phillipp Lahm – Germany, FC Bayern München/retired
David Luiz – Brazil, Chelsea FC
Marcelo – Brazil, Real Madrid
Javier Mascherano – Argentina, FC Barcelona
Pepe – Portugal, Real Madrid/Besiktaş
Gerard Piqué – Spain, FC Barcelona
Sergio Ramos – Spain, Real Madrid
Thiago Silva – Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain
Samuel Umtiti – France, FC Barcelona
Antonio Valencia – Ecuador, Manchester United
Raphaël Varane – France, Real Madrid
Thiago Alcântara – Spain, FC Bayern München
Sergio Busquets – Spain, FC Barcelona
Casemiro – Brazil, Real Madrid
Philippe Coutinho – Brazil, Liverpool FC
Eden Hazard – Belgium, Chelsea FC
Andrés Iniesta – Spain, FC Barcelona
Isco – Spain, Real Madrid
N’Golo Kanté – France, Chelsea FC
Toni Kroos – Germany, Real Madrid
Nemanja Matić – Serbia, Chelsea/Manchester United
Luka Modrić – Croatia, Real Madrid
Mesut Özil – Germany, Arsenal FC
Paul Pogba – France, Manchester United
Marco Verratti – Italy, Paris Saint-Germain
Arturo Vidal – Chile, FC Bayern München
Gareth Bale – Wales, Real Madrid
Karim Benzema – France, Real Madrid
Edinson Cavani – Uruguay, Paris Saint-Germain
Paulo Dybala – Argentina, Juventus
Antoine Griezmann – France, Atlético Madrid
Zlatan Ibrahimović – Sweden, Manchester United
Harry Kane – England, Tottenham Hotspur
Robert Lewandowski – Poland, FC Bayern München
Romelu Lukaku – Belgium, Manchester United
Kylian Mbappé – France, Paris Saint-Germain
Lionel Messi – Argentina, FC Barcelona
Neymar JR – Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain
Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal, Real Madrid
Alexis Sánchez – Chile, Arsenal FC
Luis Suárez – Uruguay, FC Barcelona
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