By Piyush


Ten Premier League players have made this year’s FIFA FIFPRO World XI 23-man shortlist, but Liverpool’s forward Mohamed Salah is not placed.

Liverpool’s Alisson Becker is included along with Trent Alexander-Arnold, but there is no place for team-mate Salah in spite of his magnificent form in 2021.

Chelsea led the way in terms of Premier League depiction with four players in Edouard Mendy, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Romelu Lukaku.

Manchester United are portrayed by Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes, whilst Manchester City duo Ruben Dias and Kevin De Bruyne make up the Premier League contestant.

PSG trio Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are named along with team-mate Gianluigi Donnarumma, and Barcelona also have four players on the list in Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Jordi Alba and Dani Alves.

Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, Juventus’ Leonardo Bonucci, and Real Madrid pair Karim Benzema and David Alaba settled the 23-man group.

FIFPRO and FIFA query professional footballers to vote for the World XI by soliciting them to pick their best three players during the 2020-21 season.

For the first time in 17 years, the shortlist has been decreased from 55 to 23 players in an attempt to favour a real-life squad.

The goalkeeper, three defenders, three midfielders and three forwards who received the most votes in their position will be chosen for the World XI next month, with the final position allocated to the prevailing outfield player with the next highest number of votes.

The World XI will be declared during the Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony in Zurich on January 17th.


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