Federation Internationale de Football Association shortlists 55 players for World11


Global players' union Fifpro have released their shortlist for this year's World XI, with the final team announced at the Best Fifa Football Awards in London on 24 September.

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.

Manchester United also have four, with David de Gea and Romelu Lukaku being joined by the midfield pair of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic.

Africa have two representatives this year, with Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane of Egypt and Senegal respectively.

The recognition comes after Salah and Mane's enormous 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.

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Meanwhile, Everton centre-back Yerry Mina is also included. He has a goal per game ratio of 0.39 goals which shows that he has the power to score goals. He is joined by Liverpool teammate Dejan Lovren and Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos - who lifted Real's third successive Champions League trophy, at the expense of Liverpool - as well as Madrid teammate Marcelo. Both he and Gianluigi Buffon have been on each list of 55 since its inception in 2004/05.

Real Madrid lead the way with 11 nominations, though there is no place for Gareth Bale.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi returns, having been selected in the final XI last season, after winning the league and cup double in Spain.

Barcelona are kings in Spain, Madrid in Europe, over the last few years, and the two clubs are doing battle again in the FIFPro awards. Midfielder Marco Veratti has dropped out.