September 20, 2021, 18:54

FIFPro World XI: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar included

FIFPro World XI: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar included

Real Madrid and Barcelona players dominate the 2016/17 FIFA FIFPro World XI, with no Premier League representation in the team.

A record number of 26,622 players from 71 countries voted for the team, picking a goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards.

Paris St-Germain’s Neymar, Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and AC Milan’s Leonardo Bonucci are the only players in this year’s team who did not make the XI last year.

In front of Buffon, the back four is made up of Real Madrid pair Sergio Ramos and Marcelo along with Bonucci and Dani Alves – both of whom left Juventus in the summer to join AC Milan and PSG respectively.

The midfield is all La Liga, with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos from Real Madrid included alongside Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta.

There are no surprises in the front three, with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo joined by Neymar, who became the most expensive player in the world when he joined PSG from Barcelona in the summer.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was named the 2017 Best FIFA Men’s Coach of the Year.

The Frenchman received the award after guiding Real to the La Liga title and the Champions League last season.

Also in the running for the award were Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League in his first season at Chelsea, and his Juventus successor Massimiliano Allegri, who has won three consecutive league and cup doubles in Italy.

Sarina Wiegman was named women’s coach of the year after leading the Netherlands to their first major women’s title at the European Championship in August.


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