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FIFA Team of the Year 2018

FIFA Team of the Year 2018

The International Association of Professional Footballers FIFPro, in collaboration with FIFA, has announced a list of 55 footballers who have found their name on the shortlist for the best team in 2018.

Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Kyle Walker have all been nominated by fellow professionals around the world and are among 55 players competing for a spot in the coveted World11.

However, United's Alexis Sanchez lost his place on the list following a tricky debut season at Old Trafford, with former striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, now of LA Galaxy, also dropping out.

Manchester United duo Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic were included, as was Andres Iniesta, who left Barca for Vissel Kobe after the end of last season.

This year, the Merseyside club has four players and they are Dejan Lovren (Croatia), Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands), Salah (Egypt) and Mane (Senegal).

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The other nine big-player names are Sergio Busquets, Casemiro, Philippe Coutinho, Andres Iniesta, Isco, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal.

Meanwhile, Everton centre-back Yerry Mina is also included.

Cristiano Ronaldo is also nominated for firing Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League, prior to joining the Old Lady over the summer. Both he and Gianluigi Buffon have been on each list of 55 since its inception in 2004/05. Barcelona and Real Madrid have had players named a combined 90 times in the line-ups, whilst Liverpool, Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal have had their players named a combined 24 times. However, Gareth Bale has not made the shortlist.

Pogba, who has been strongly linked with an exit from Manchester United, features on a star-studded list of midfielders.


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