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FIFPro and FIFA have presented the shortlist for the first FIFA/FIFPro World XI award. At the FIFPro congress in Budapest the 55 best players of 2009 were announced.

 

The shortlist contains all favourites. The eleven players who received the award for the FIFPro World XI 2007-2008 have all made it to this first selection. They are chosen by their colleagues, all the world´s professional footballers, who have filled in the ballot forms during recent months. Also last year´s winner of the FIFPro World Player Award, Cristiano Ronaldo, is elected.

 

The shortlist contains all favourites. The eleven players who received the award for the FIFPro World XI 2007-2008 have all made it to this first selection. They are chosen by their colleagues, all the world´s professional footballers, who have filled in the ballot forms during recent months. Also last year's winner of the FIFPro World Player Award, Cristiano Ronaldo, is elected.

 

The shortlist consists almost entirely of players who play for clubs in England, Italy and Spain. Twenty of them are playing in the Premier League, eighteen in the Primera División and fifteen in the Serie A. The other two footballers on the shortlist are active in Germany, Bayern Münich's Philipp Lahm and Franck Ribéry.

 

The most players are from Spain, which has eleven of its national team players elected by their peers. Brazil is second with eight players, just before England and Italy with seven each. Barcelona is the club which is most represented, nine of its stars are on the shortlist. Real Madrid has seven, Chelsea six.

 

On 21 December FIFPro and FIFA will present the FIFA/FIFPro World XI. The eleven players will all receive their award during the 2009 FIFA World Player Gala in Zürich. It’s the first time that FIFPro and FIFA organize this election together.

 

The 55 player shortlist is: (home country/club 2009)
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy/Juventus), Iker Casillas (Spain/Real Madrid), Julio Cesar (Brazil/Inter), José Manuel Reina (Spain/Liverpool), Edwin van der Sar (Holland/Manchester United).

 

Defenders: Daniel Alves (Brazil/Barcelona), Fabio Cannavaro (Italy/Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Italy/Juventus), Gaël Clichy (France/Arsenal), Ashley Cole (England/Chelsea), Patrice Evra (France/Manchester United) Rio Ferdinand (England/Manchester United), Fabio Grosso (Italy/Juventus), Glen Johnson (England/Liverpool), Philipp Lahm (Germany/Bayern Munich), Ferreira Lucio (Brazil/Inter), Maicon Douglas Sisenando (Brazil/Inter), Alessandro Nesta (Italy/AC Milan), Képler Laveran Lima Ferreira ‘Pepe’ (Portugal/Real Madrid), Gerard Piqué (Spain/Barcelona), Carles Puyol (Spain/Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Spain/Real Madrid), Walter Samuel (Argentina/Inter), John Terry (England/Chelsea), Nemanja Vidic (Serbia/Manchester United).

 

Midfielders: Xabi Alonso (Spain/Real Madrid), Michael Ballack (Germany/Chelsea), Daniele De Rossi (Italy/AS Roma), Diego Ribas da Cunha (Brazil/Juventus), Michael Essien (Ghana/Chelsea), Cesc Fabregas (Spain/Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (England/Liverpool), Ryan Giggs (Wales/Manchester United), Andrès Iniesta (Spain/Barcelona), Ricardo Kaká (Brazil/Real Madrid), Frank Lampard (England/Chelsea), Andrea Pirlo (Italy/AC Milan), Franck Ribéry (France/Bayern Munich), Yaya Touré (Ivory Coast/Barcelona), Xavi (Spain/Barcelona).

 

Forwards: Nicolas Anelka (France/Chelsea), Andrei Arshavin (Russia/Arsenal), Karim Benzema (France/Real Madrid), Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast/Chelsea), Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon/Inter), Luís Fabiano Clemente (Brazil/Sevilla), Thierry Henry (France/Barcelona), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden/Barcelona), Lionel Messi (Argentina/Barcelona), Diego Milito (Argentina/Inter), Alexandre Pato (Brazil/AC Milan), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid), Wayne Rooney (England/Manchester United), Fernando Torres (Spain/Liverpool), David Villa (Spain/Valencia).