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Footballers in Chile have cast their votes for the FIFPro World XI – at the world’s southernmost club. About 1,000 kilometers south of Santiago, players of Deportes Puerto Montt handed in their ballot papers to national player union (Sifup). Sheltering from the rain in a dugout (see picture below), the voters included former Under 20 national team player Cristian Magaña.

Footballers at Universidad de Concepción (see picture left), Deportes Melipilla and Cobreloa, based in the northern mining city of Calama 2,600 meters above sea level, also made their choices.

Many picked Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, who scored from the spot in a penalty shootout against Argentina in July to clinch Chile’s first Copa America title. No Chilean has featured in the FIFPro World XI before although midfielder Arturo Vidal and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo were among last year's final 55 players.

The player votes are among more than 13,000 that have been sent already by national unions to FIFPro's headquarters near Amsterdam.