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With only eleven players making the World XI, it is a consequence that some of the most fantastic footballers on the planet do not make the team. Stars such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Luis Suarez, Eden Hazard and Yaya Touré were unable to crack the line-up, just as five members of the 2014 World XI.

Toni Kroos is one of those five former members. Last year the German player of Real Madrid was part of the three-men midfield that included Andrés Iniesta and Ángel Di Maria. This time, Kroos ended fourth in the midfielders’ election, right behind his Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric.

The vote for the 2014 World XI went down in history as one of the most exciting elections with three players narrowly missing out on a spot in this elite team. The 2015 vote missed that thrill. Looking at the way the 26,478 professional footballers voted, it was apparently very clear who the eleven best players of 2015 were.

Of all players missing out on a spot in the World XI, Kroos came closest. Yet, he was clearly beaten by Modric who collected 934 more votes.

The three other runners-up lost by even larger margins. Luis Suarez finished with 2,668 votes less than Neymar, David Alaba missed out on Thiago Silva’s total by 3,034 votes , and David De Gea received 9,931 fewer votes than Manuel Neuer.

Below the Goalkeepers Top 5 and the Top 10’s for the Defenders, Midfielders and Forwards.



  1. Manuel Neuer (Germany, FC Bayern Munich)
  2. David De Gea (Spain, Manchester United)
  3. Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus)
  4. Keylor Navas (Costa Rica, Real Madrid CF)
  5. Iker Casillas (Spain, FC Porto)


Alaba XI15 400Defenders

  1. Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid CF)
  2. Daniel Alves (Brazil, FC Barcelona)
  3. Marcelo (Brazil, Real Madrid CF)
  4. Thiago Silva (Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain FC)
  5. David Alaba (Austria, FC Bayern Munich)
  6. Gerard Piqué (Spain, FC Barcelona)
  7. Philipp Lahm (Germany, FC Bayern Munich)
  8. Jordi Alba (Spain, FC Barcelona)
  9. Javier Mascherano (Argentina, FC Barcelona)
  10. David Luiz (Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain FC)


Kroos XI15 400Midfielders

  1. Andrés Iniesta (Spain, FC Barcelona)
  2. Paul Pogba (France, Juventus)
  3. Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid CF)
  4. Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid CF)
  5. Yaya Touré (Ivory Coast, Manchester City FC)
  6. Eden Hazard (Belgium, Chelsea FC)
  7. Arturo Vidal (Chile, FC Bayern Munich)
  8. Sergio Busquets (Spain, FC Barcelona)
  9. Marco Verratti (Italy, Paris Saint-Germain)
  10. James Rodriguez (Colombia, Real Madrid CF)


Suarez XI15 400Forwards

  1. Lionel Messi (Argentina, FC Barcelona)
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid CF)
  3. Neymar (Brazil, FC Barcelona)
  4. Luis Suárez (Uruguay, FC Barcelona)
  5. Robert Lewandowski (Poland, FC Bayern Munich)
  6. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, Paris Saint-Germain FC)
  7. Sergio Agüero (Argentina, Manchester City FC)
  8. Thomas Müller (Germany, FC Bayern Munich)
  9. Karim Benzema (France, Real Madrid CF)
  10. Alexis Sanchez (Chile, Arsenal)



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