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Six up for FIFPro World XI

Six up for FIFPro World XI”

Africa have two representatives this year, with Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane of Egypt and Senegal respectively.

According to ESPN, the FIFA FIFPro World 11 2018, as selected by thousands of professional players, was announced on Monday.

Liverpool, having made it to last seasons Champions League final, have four players nominated, with Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk and the "world's best centre-back" Dejan Lovren all making the shortlist.

FIFPro, which is the worldwide representative organisation for 65,000 professional footballers, in conjunction with Federation Internationale de Football Association have announced the list of players who will now be eligible for the World11 team.

Salah was by far Liverpool's top performer during the previous campaign, winning award after award for his efforts.

N'Golo Kante has been rewarded with a spot on the shortlist after another fine year in midfield
N'Golo Kante has been rewarded with a spot on the shortlist after another fine year in midfield

There is also no room for Bale, despite the Real Madrid forward scoring 21 goals in all competitions last season, including two in the Champions League final.

Jurgen Klopp will need the pair to be as equally impressive this time around if they are to live up to the billing of Manchester City's closest title rivals. Andres Iniesta, who left Barcelona for Japan's Vissel Kobe, is on the list for the 12th year in a row. He has already won 9 World XI awards, including in 2017.

AC Milan's Leonardo Bonucci did not make the final list of 20 defenders, which included eight debutants, including Yerry Mina, Virgil van Dijk, Joshua Kimmich, Benjamin Pavard, Dejan Lovren and Kieran Trippier.

Goalkeepers (5): Gianluigi Buffon (Italy/Paris Saint-Germain/Juventus FC), Thibaut Courtois (Belgium/Real Madrid CF/Chelsea FC), David De Gea (Spain/Manchester United FC), Keylor Navas (Costa Rica/Real Madrid CF), Marc-André ter Stegen (Germany/FC Barcelona).



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