2.7.1. World 11

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2.7.1. World 11
  • FIFA FIFPRO World 11 squads revealed on 13 February 2023

  • Winners unveiled on 27 February 2023 at The Best FIFA Football Awards

  • Take a look back at World 11 facts, figures and records as we build up to the awards

Ever wondered which player has the most World 11 appearances? Or which clubs and countries have featured in the World 11 the most times?

The only global award decided exclusively by footballers, the World 11 depicts the most outstanding players in the current game.

The squads for the FIFA FIFPRO Men’s World 11 and FIFA FIFPRO Women’s World 11 will be revealed on Monday 13 February, where the football world will learn who is in the running for the 2021/22 awards. The winners will then be revealed on Monday 27 February at The Best FIFA Football Awards.

As we build up to new all-star teams being named, FIFPRO recaps the best World 11 facts, figures, and records.  

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Wendie Renard is the only player to have been named in all six Women’s World 11 teams to date. The French defender has been included in every team since the award was established in 2015. Lucy Bronze, Marta and Alex Morgan jointly occupy second spot with four appearances each.

Wendie Renard France 2

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A total of seven goalkeepers have been named in the Men’s World 11 since the award’s launch in 2005. Iker Casillas is the stopper with the most appearances (5), followed by Manuel Neuer (4), Gianluigi Buffon (3), Alisson Becker (2), Dida (1), David de Gea (1) and Gianluigi Donnarumma (1).

10

The number of years in which Gianluigi Buffon waited to make his return to the Men’s World 11. The Italian stopper was named in the 2006 and 2007 sides before eventually making a comeback in 2017.

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Twelve Women’s World Cup winners have featured in the Women’s World 11 since 2015. Anja Mittag (Germany) and Aya Miyama (Japan) are the only two not to hail from USA.

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No player has more Men’s World 11 appearances than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Both have been named in the World 11 a record 15 times and have been ever-present in the line-up since 2007, a year when they were in a team alongside the likes of Fabio Cannavaro, Steven Gerrard and Ronaldinho.

Lionel Messi World Cup

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Argentina and Portugal each boast 16 Men’s World 11 appearances – but have only ever contributed two players to the award. Lionel Messi (15) and Angel Di Maria (1) are Argentina’s sole representatives in the men’s category, while Cristiano Ronaldo (15) and Ruben Dias (1) are the only Portuguese stars to grace the line-up.

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USA is the most represented nation in Women’s World 11 history with 18 appearances from 10 players since 2015. Of those 10 players, Alex Morgan has featured most (4) having been named in the 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2021 sides.

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Twenty appearances make Olympique Lyonnais the most represented club in Women’s World 11 history. Since 2015 the likes of Amandine Henry, Wendie Renard, and Eugenie Le Sommer have helped contribute to the total.

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No country has more Men’s World 11 appearances than Spain, who currently hold the record of 45 appearances from 11 players. They include Sergio Ramos (11), Andres Iniesta (9), Xavi Hernandez (6), Iker Casillas (5), Gerard Pique (4), Carles Puyol (3), Xabi Alonso (2), Fernando Torres (2), David Villa (1), David de Gea (1) and Thiago Alcantara (1).

How does the World 11 voting work?

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Barcelona are the club with the most players in Men’s World 11 history. A total of 52 players who have represented the Camp Nou side have made the Men’s World 11 since 2005, including the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, and Xavi Hernandez. Real Madrid (47) and Bayern Munich (15) are ranked second and third, respectively.

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Players from 68 countries have voted for the upcoming Men’s and Women’s World 11 awards. The 2022 Women’s World 11 marked a record-breaking year for voting with over 6,000 players casting their ballots, while 18,640 voted for the 2022 Men's World 11. 

112

The total number of players that have featured in the Men’s and Women’s World 11. Since 2005, 75 men’s have appeared in the Men’s World 11; since 2015, 37 players have featured in the Women’s World 11.