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Three days prior to honouring the 2010 FIFA FIFPro World XI, FIFPro publishes an overview of twenty remarkable statistics as a result of the six elections of the World XI.


FIFPro has organized the election of the World XI since 2005. This election gives all professional footballers throughout the world the opportunity to select their favourite team, consisting of 1 goalkeeper, 4 defenders, 3 midfielders and 3 attackers.


In 2009 the global union for professional footballers joined forces with FIFA. Since then FIFA and FIFPro honour all eleven players of the best team in the world, the FIFA FIFPro World XI, during the FIFA Ballon d’Or gala in Zurich, Switzerland. This year's gala will be on Monday, January 10th.


The 20 facts:

  • In total 32 players have been chosen in the 5 previous World XI’s
  • John Terry is the only player selected for all 5 World XI’s
  • Kaká is second having been selected 4 times
  • Steven Gerrard, Lionel Messi, Ronaldinho and Cristiano Ronaldo were all elected on 3 occasions


  • In total 11 countries supplied all 32 players
  • The most players originate from Italy and Spain: 6 from each country
  • Brazil and France follow with 5
  • Europe is the continent with the most prize winners: 24
  • South America follows with 6, Africa has 2
  • England and Spain amassed the most World XI awards: 10 each
  • Brazil and Italy follow with 9, France has 6
  • In 2008 the World XI included 5 players with the Spanish nationality, a record



  • Eight clubs provided all 32 players for the World XI
  • Players from Barcelona collected the most World XI awards: 16
  • AC Milan follows with 9, Chelsea and Real Madrid each have 8
  • AC Milan provided the most players for one World XI: 5 in 2005
  • The 32 players originate from 3 competitions: Premier League, Primera Division and Serie A


  • In total 123 different players were at one time nominated for the World XI
  • Ashley Cole, Lúcio and Wayne Rooney were all on the shortlist on 5 the previous occasions, but until now never gained a place in the World XI
  • Cole, Lúcio and Rooney were also nominated for the 2010 FIFA FIFPro World XI...


All facts are related to the World XI’s of 2005 to 2009, and on the shortlists of the elections from 2005 to 2010.


Click here for more information about the history of the FIFA FIFPro World XI.