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A record number of 13 Real Madrid players are among the top 55 footballers according to a poll to select the FIFA FIFPro World 11.

FIFPro and its affiliated player associations invited professional footballers worldwide to pick a team of 1 goalkeeper, 4 defenders, 3 midfielders and 3 attackers who were the best at their position during the 2016-2017 season.


Some 25,000 professional footballers took part in the poll. The players who received most votes in their line are on the list of 55.

At the Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony in London on October 23rd, FIFPro and FIFA will reveal the eleven players who collected most votes on their position: the 2016-2017 World 11.

The 2016 World 11 was: Manuel Neuer, Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Andrés Iniesta, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 55 players are:

Name Country, (previous team)/current team

Gianluigi Buffon - Italy, Juventus
David de Gea - Spain, Manchester United
Keylor Navas - Costa Rica, Real Madrid
Manuel Neuer - Germany, FC Bayern München
Jan Oblak - Slovenia, Atlético Madrid

David Alaba - Austria, FC Bayern München
Jordi Alba - Spain, FC Barcelona
Dani Alves - Brazil, Juventus/Paris Saint-Germain
Jérôme Boateng - Germany, FC Bayern München
Leonardo Bonucci - Italy, Juventus/AC Milan
Dani Carvajal - Spain, Real Madrid
Giorgio Chiellini - Italy, Juventus
Diego Godín - Uruguay, Atlético Madrid
Mats Hummels - Germany, FC Bayern München
Phillipp Lahm - Germany, FC Bayern München/retired
David Luiz - Brazil, Chelsea FC
Marcelo - Brazil, Real Madrid
Javier Mascherano - Argentina, FC Barcelona
Pepe - Portugal, Real Madrid/Besiktaş
Gerard Piqué - Spain, FC Barcelona
Sergio Ramos - Spain, Real Madrid
Thiago Silva - Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain
Samuel Umtiti - France, FC Barcelona
Antonio Valencia - Ecuador, Manchester United
Raphaël Varane - France, Real Madrid

Thiago Alcântara - Spain, FC Bayern München
Sergio Busquets - Spain, FC Barcelona
Casemiro - Brazil, Real Madrid
Philippe Coutinho - Brazil, Liverpool FC
Eden Hazard - Belgium, Chelsea FC
Andrés Iniesta - Spain, FC Barcelona
Isco - Spain, Real Madrid
N'Golo Kanté - France, Chelsea FC
Toni Kroos - Germany, Real Madrid
Nemanja Matić - Serbia, Chelsea/Manchester United
Luka Modrić - Croatia, Real Madrid
Mesut Özil - Germany, Arsenal FC
Paul Pogba - France, Manchester United
Marco Verratti - Italy, Paris Saint-Germain
Arturo Vidal - Chile, FC Bayern München

Gareth Bale - Wales, Real Madrid
Karim Benzema - France, Real Madrid
Edinson Cavani - Uruguay, Paris Saint-Germain
Paulo Dybala - Argentina, Juventus
Antoine Griezmann - France, Atlético Madrid
Zlatan Ibrahimović - Sweden, Manchester United
Harry Kane - England, Tottenham Hotspur
Robert Lewandowski - Poland, FC Bayern München
Romelu Lukaku - Belgium, Everton/Manchester United
Kylian Mbappé - France, AS Monaco/Paris Saint-Germain
Lionel Messi - Argentina, FC Barcelona
Neymar JR - Brazil, Barcelona/Paris Saint-Germain
Cristiano Ronaldo - Portugal, Real Madrid
Alexis Sánchez - Chile, Arsenal FC
Luis Suárez - Uruguay, FC Barcelona

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Real Madrid's current players on the list of 55  

Facts and figures:

  • 13 men played for Real Madrid last season, which is a record. The Spanish club held the previous record of twelve players, set in 2014 and 2015. One player left the Spanish club during summer: Pepe is now playing for Besiktas;
  • 9 players make their first appearance on the list of 55: Jan Oblak, Samuel Umtiti, Antonio Valencia, Casemiro, Philippe Coutinho, Nemanja Matic, Harry Kane, Romelo Lukaku and Kylian Mbappé;
  • 3 players return in this selection after missing out last year: Thiago Alcantara, Isco and Edinson Cavani;
  • 12 players from last year’s list dropped out: Claudio Bravo, Serge Aurier, Hector Bellerin, Xabi Alonso, Kevin De Bruyne, Dimitri Payet, Ivan Rakitic, David Silva, Sergio Agüero, Gonzalo Higuain, Thomas Müller, Jamie Vardy;
  • Of these 12, Xabi Alonso is the only former World 11 award winner (2011 and 2012). The Spaniard recently retired from professional football;
  • Two players have been on every list of 55 since the first World 11 in 2004-2005: Gianluigi Buffon and Cristiano Ronaldo;
  • No African or Asian player received enough votes to make the cut;
  • The 55 players have 20 different nationalities. Nine of them are Spanish, Brazil and France both have 7 players;
  • The 55 players were under contract at 11 clubs: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern München, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Atlético Madrid, Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool;
  • Philipp Lahm is the only player on the list who retired after last season;
  • FIFPro and FIFA changed the format of the poll. Previously it covered performances over a calendar year, but now it is aligned with the majority of competitions which run from August to June;
  • This is the 13th edition of the World 11. The award was established by FIFPro, the World Players’ Union, in 2005, and later merged with FIFA in 2009.


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