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Goalkeepers David De Gea and Thibaut Courtois had the tightest battle for a spot in the FIFA FIFPro World 11, based on the votes of 25,000 professional footballers.

Courtois joins Samuel Umtiti, Kevin De Bruyne and Mohammed Salah as the four players who find themselves just outside of the World 11, as they are the best of the rest in their respective lines.

Only 210 votes separated De Gea and Courtois in the race for the goalkeeper position. Courtois however did beat his new teammate at Real Madrid, Keylor Navas, who ended third with 1,128 votes less than the Belgian goalie.

Umtiti also was close to being chosen in this elite team. The French World Cup winner was chasing Dani Alves for the fourth defenders’ spot, but ended 432 votes short of catching the Brazilian wingback.

The fight for the third midfielder’s slot was a Belgian affaire. Hazard received 511 more votes from his peers than De Bruyne and thus can call himself the first Belgian World 11 winner.

Salah had an incredible season at Liverpool, however he came up well short of the top three strikers: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe. To surpass Mbappe, Salah needed 3,240 extra votes.

The graphic below shows how all players ranked in the vote for the 2017-2018 World 11. Please click for a larger image.

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