A full breakdown of the FIFA FIFPro World XI shortlist

Date published: Tuesday 11th September 2018 5:41

Liverpool are the most well-represented Premier League club on the 55-man FIFA FIFPro World XI shortlist.

The nominees were announced on Monday, and will be whittled down to the final eleven at a ceremony in London later this month.

The Premier League offered the most different representatives of any league in terms of clubs (5), but La Liga had the most players by far (27).

Here are some statistics and numbers on the latest FIFA FIFPro World XI shortlist.

 

Most common club

Real Madrid – 12
Barcelona – 12
PSG – 6
Juventus – 5
Liverpool – 5
Bayern Munich – 4
Manchester United – 4
Atletico Madrid – 3
Chelsea – 3
Manchester City – 3
Tottenham – 2
Everton – 1
Inter Milan – 1
Southampton – 1
Stuttgart – 1
Vissel Kobe – 1

 

Most common league

La Liga – 27
Premier League – 19
Ligue Un – 6
Serie A – 6
Bundesliga – 5
J1 League – 1

 

Most common nationality

Spain – 9
France – 8
Brazil – 6
Croatia – 5
Belgium – 4
Germany – 4
England – 3
Uruguay – 3
Argentina – 2
Italy – 2
Chile – 1
Colombia – 1
Costa Rica – 1
Egypt – 1
Netherlands – 1
Poland – 1
Portugal – 1
Senegal – 1
Serbia – 1

 

* Eleven players made their first ever appearance on a FIFA FIFPro World XI shortlist: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Virgil van Dijk, Joshua Kimmich, Dejan Lovren, Yerry Mina, Benjamin Pavard, Kieran Trippier, Sime Vrsaljko, Kyle Walker, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah.

* Two players have continued their record run of appearing on every shortlist since its inception in 2004/05: Gianluigi Buffon and Cristiano Ronaldo.

* Dani Alves and Sergio Ramos are on the list for the 12th consecutive time, equaling the record for defenders held by Philipp Lahm.

* Andres Iniesta holds the record for midfielders, also making his 12th consecutive shortlist.

* This is Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s first omission from the 55-man shortlist since the first in 2005.

* Sixteen players made the shortlist for 2017, but not 2018: Manuel Neuer, Jan Oblak, David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, Leonardo Bonucci, Philipp Lahm, David Luiz, Javier Mascherano, Pepe, Antonio Valencia, Thiago Alcantara, Mesut Ozil, Marco Verratti, Gareth Bale, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexis Sanchez.

* Only one player from 2017’s FIFA FIFPro World XI did not even make the 55-man shortlist for 2018: Leonardo Bonucci.

 


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