The FIFA FIFPro World XI shortlist for 2018 has been released. And permit it to say, there is no surprise in the full list of the nominees. The major notable absentees are Gareth Bale, Mesut Ozil, Sergio Aguero, Manuel Neuer and Roberto Firmino. However, the usual culprits of Messi, Ronaldo, Modric, Iniesta, Ramos etc were present.
Eleven players made their first ever appearance on a FIFA FIFPro World XI shortlist. They include Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Virgil van Dijk, Joshua Kimmich, Dejan Lovren, Yerry Mina, Benjamin Pavard, Kieran Trippier, Sime Vrsaljko, Kyle Walker, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah. let’s see the full list.
FIFA FIFPro World XI Shortlist – See Full List Of Nominees
- Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus, PSG, Italy)
- Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea, Real Madrid, Belgium),
- David De Gea (Man Utd, Spain),
- Keylor Navas (Real Madrid, Costa Rica),
- Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona, Germany).
- Jordi Alba (Barcelona, Spain),
- Dani Alves (PSG, Brazil),
- Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid, Spain),
- Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus, Italy),
- Virgil van Dijk (Southampton, Liverpool, Netherlands),
- Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid, Uruguay),
- Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich, Germany),
- Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich, Germany),
- Dejan Lovren (Liverpool, Croatia),
- Marcelo (Real Madrid, Brazil),
- Yerry Mina (Barcelona, Everton, Colombia),
- Benjamin Pavard (France, Stuttgart),
- Gerard Pique (Barcelona, Spain),
- Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid, Spain),
- Thiago Silva (PSG, Brazil),
- Kieran Trippier (Tottenham, England),
- Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona, France),
- Raphael Varane (Real Madrid, France),
- Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid, Inter, Croatia),
- Kyle Walker (Man City, England).
- Sergio Busquets (Barcelona, Spain),
- Casemiro (Real Madrid, Brazil),
- Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool, Barcelona, Brazil),
- Kevin De Bruyne (Man City, Belgium),
- Eden Hazard (Chelsea, Belgium),
- Andres Iniesta (Barcelona, Vissel Kobe, Spain),
- Isco (Real Madrid, Spain),
- N’Golo Kante (Chelsea, France),
- Toni Kroos (Real Madrid, Germany),
- Nemanja Matic (Man Utd, Serbia),
- Luka Modric (Real Madrid, Croatia),
- Paul Pogba (Man Utd, France),
- Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona, Croatia),
- David Silva (Man City, Spain),
- Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Chile).
- Karim Benzema (Real Madrid, France),
- Edinson Cavani (PSG, Uruguay),
- Paulo Dybala (Juventus, Argentina),
- Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid, France),
- Harry Kane (Tottenham, England),
- Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich, Poland),
- Romelu Lukaku (Man Utd, Belgium),
- Mario Mandzukic (Juventus, Croatia),
- Sadio Mane (Liverpool, Senegal),
- Kylian Mbappe (PSG, France),
- Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina),
- Neymar (PSG, Brazil),
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Juventus),
- Mohammed Salah (Liverpool, Egypt),
- Luis Suarez (Barcelona, Uruguay).
FIFA FIFPro World XI shortlist Breakdown
Here is a detailed breakdown of the full nominees.
Most Represented club
- Real Madrid – 12
- Barcelona – 12
- PSG – 6
- Juventus – 5
- Liverpool – 5
- Bayern Munich – 4
- Manchester United – 4
- Atletico Madrid – 3
- Chelsea – 3
- Manchester City – 3
- Tottenham – 2
- Everton – 1
- Inter Milan – 1
- Southampton – 1
- Stuttgart – 1
- Vissel Kobe – 1
Most Represented league
- La Liga – 27
- Premier League – 19
- Ligue Un – 6
- Serie A – 6
- Bundesliga – 5
- J1 League – 1
Most Represented nationality
- Spain – 9
- France – 8
- Brazil – 6
- Croatia – 5
- Belgium – 4
- Germany – 4
- England – 3
- Uruguay – 3
- Argentina – 2
- Italy – 2
- Chile – 1
- Colombia – 1
- Costa Rica – 1
- Egypt – 1
- Netherlands – 1
- Poland – 1
- Portugal – 1
- Senegal – 1
- Serbia – 1
* Eleven players made their first ever appearance on a FIFA FIFPro World XI shortlist: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Virgil van Dijk, Joshua Kimmich, Dejan Lovren, Yerry Mina, Benjamin Pavard, Kieran Trippier, Sime Vrsaljko, Kyle Walker, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah.
* Two players have continued their record run of appearing on every shortlist since its inception in 2004/05: Gianluigi Buffon and Cristiano Ronaldo.
* Dani Alves and Sergio Ramos are on the list for the 12th consecutive time, equaling the record for defenders held by Philipp Lahm.
* Andres Iniesta holds the record for midfielders, also making his 12th consecutive shortlist.
* This is Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s first omission from the 55-man shortlist since the first in 2005.
* Sixteen players made the shortlist for 2017, but not 2018: Manuel Neuer, Jan Oblak, David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, Leonardo Bonucci, Philipp Lahm, David Luiz, Javier Mascherano, Pepe, Antonio Valencia, Thiago Alcantara, Mesut Ozil, Marco Verratti, Gareth Bale, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexis Sanchez.
* Only one player from 2017’s FIFA FIFPro World XI did not even make the 55-man shortlist for 2018: Leonardo Bonucci.
Who do you think will make the full XI? Choose yours in the comment box below.