Predicting the FIFPro World XI for 2016-17
With the World Players’ Union, FIFPro, releasing the 55 players who received the most votes from over 25,000 professional players from across the globe based on their play in 2016-17, plenty of usual suspects have been selected as the top players on the planet.
But who will make the final XI when it is announced in London on Oct. 23?
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With one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards selected by each professional surveyed, it is quite likely that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will make the team for the 10th straight season. Because, well, they’re Ronaldo and Messi.
Elsewhere there is plenty of debate as to who will make up the defense and midfield and even in goal.
Below I select my XI and I urge you to do the same in the comments section below.
Remember: we can’t always agree on everything but let’s get along...
JPW selects his FIFPro World 11
Goalkeeper: David de Gea (Manchester United)
Defenders: Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Marcelo (Real Madrid)
Midfielders: Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
Forward: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Neymar JR (Paris Saint-Germain)