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Diego Milito, twice shortlisted for the FIFA FIFPro World XI while at Inter Milan, voted for his choices in this year’s lineup in the dressing room of Argentina’s Racing.

The 36-year-old striker made the top 15 strikers in 2009 and 2010 while playing for Inter but lost out to Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo on both occasions.

Milito was also pipped by Spaniards Fernando Torres (2009) and David Villa (2010). Milito was joined in voting by Racing teammates including goalkeeper Sebastian Saja.

The Argentine players’ union, Futbolistas Argentinos Agremiados (FAA), also collected votes from dozens of other players including Jonathan Calleri (Boca Juniors), Mauro Matos (San Lorenzo) and Almirante Brown footballers Leandro Collavini, Pablo Desposito and Alan Seguel.

Ecuador and Venezuela

Players from Ecuador and Venezuela made their votes thanks to the hard work of national players unions El Asociación de Futbolistas del Ecuador (AFE) and the Asociación Única de Futbolistas Profesionales del Venezuela (AUFPV).

Venezuelan players voted in strict confidence, according to Juan Garcia, the head of national union AUFPV who is pictured with a group of footballers in training bibs.

“The vote is secret” and only when the ballot boxes were sent to FIFPro’s office in the Netherlands could they be opened, Garcia said.

The voters in Ecuador included Carlos Quintero (Independiente del Valle), José Quinteros, Luís Romero and Michael Jackson Quiñónez (all Liga Deportiva Universitaria).

After counting more than 20,000 votes which are arriving from around the world, FIFPro will announce the most voted 55 players on November 26. The World XI will be named January 11, the same day as the FIFA Ballon d’Or winner.


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