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Daniel Alves and Ngolo Kante narrowly missed out on another World 11 award, while Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah once again came up short.

Matthijs de Ligt and Daniel Alves had a very close battle for the fourth and final defender’s slot in the World 11. It was De Ligt who beat Alves collecting just 3 more votes: 8,027 against 8,024.

Alves, who already has eight World 11 awards, collected most of his votes in South America, apparently because of his great performance at the Copa America, where he helped Brazil clinch the title. De Ligt collected more votes on the other continents, mostly thanks to his performance for Ajax in the Champions League.

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson also had many votes, but both Liverpool players came at least 1,300 votes short of catching De Ligt and Alves.

Two Chelsea players were challenging each other for the final midfielder’s spot: Eden Hazard and Ngolo Kante. Both of them were also a member of the 2017-2018 World 11. The Belgian player won this time, with 1,000 more votes than his French counterpart.

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah both won the Champions League with Liverpool and clinched a second place in the English Premier League, while Mane also was runner-up with Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations, but still the two Africans could not break into the World 11. Their closest rival, Kylian Mbappe, collected approximately 1,600 more votes than Mane and Salah, who had to settle for the fourth and fifth position respectively with only 65 votes separating them.

Alisson Becker’s closest rival was Ederson, however the Liverpool and Brazil goalkeeper more than doubled his countryman’s tally: 10,237 votes against 3,781.

The graphic below shows how all players ranked in the vote for the 2018-2019 World 11. Please click for a larger image.

2019 W11 MenRankings 640 Q80