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Manuel Neuer, Gerard Piqué, N’Golo Kanté and Luis Suárez are the best of the rest: of all players who did not make the 2016-2017 World 11, they received most votes in their respective lines.

Last year two players contented until the last moment for inclusion in the World 11, when Toni Kroos only beat Paul Pogba with two votes to claim the final midfielder’s spot.

This year’s results are obvious: none of the eleven World 11 players were under threat of not making the team. Piqué, fifth among defenders, came closest but still needed 1,833 extra votes to catch Leonardo Bonucci.

Piqué was a member of the 2016 World 11, just as Neuer and Suárez.

Neuer, last year’s goalkeeper with 6,000 more votes than Gianluigi Buffon, now came up 2,797 votes short of beating the Italy and Juventus player.

Suárez lost his place to former teammate Neymar JR, who had 11,421 more players selecting him.

Kanté, the best Premier League player according to a poll organized last season by the English Professional Footballers’ Association, still needed 2,264 more votes to beat Andrés Iniesta.

The graphic below shows how all players ranked in the vote for the 2016-2017 World 11. Please click for a larger image.

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