The football world governing body announced the 55-player shortlist for the FIFA FIFPro World 11 2017 on Wednesday.
The Portuguese superstar has once again been named in the famous football line up for the 11th time in his brilliant career. The FIFPro World 11, will be announced at The Best FIFA Football Awards in London on Monday 23, October and will consist of one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three attackers in a 4-3-3 formation.
This year’s list has been dominated by Real Madrid with Cristiano being one of the club’s 12 shortlisted players. The Iberian winger is highly regarded to make it to the final line up. Former Los Blancos defender Pepe, who joined Besiktas on a free transfer during the summer, was also included in the list.
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Barcelona and Bayern Munich came close with eight nominees apiece, while Harry Kane was the only Tottenham player to make the cut after claiming the topscorer award in the English top flight. Philippe Coutinho’s outstanding performance for Liverpool and the Brazilian national team didn’t go unnoticed as he features on the list as the only Liverpool player. Eden Hazard had a strong campaign with Chelsea as he joins N’golo Kante and David Luiz. Manchester United dominated the Premier League with six players nominated.
The Bianconeri were also represented by Paulo Dybala, Giorgio Chiellini and Gianluigi Buffon. The goalkeeper was outstanding for the Italian champions last season as they won their sixth straight Serie A title before collapsing against Ronaldo’s Real Madrid in Cardiff. PSG were the only club to represent the French Ligue 1 with six players.
OFFICIAL: The 55-man shortlist for the 2017 FIFA FIFPro World XI has been confirmed. pic.twitter.com/V14xIVJbWp
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A reminder of last year’s final FIFPro World XI
Manuel Neuer (Germany, Bayern Munich)
Dani Alves (Brazil, Barcelona)
Gerard Pique (Spain, Barcelona)
Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid)
Marcelo (Brazil, Real Madrid)
Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid)
Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid)
Andres Iniesta (Spain, Barcelona)
Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona)
Luis Suarez (Uruguay, Barcelona)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid).
Overall, the Spanish league had the highest nominations with 23 players. Pop the champagne, already! The decorated Portuguese king is expected to add yet another gong in his museum in Madeira.