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FIFA FIFPro World XI nominees: List of 23 shortlisted candidates, few star players missed


The FIFA FIFPro World XI has recently announced the list of 23 men’s and women’s nominees for 2021. The FIFA FIFPro is also one of the most prestigious awards like Ballon d’Or and the FIFA best awards. Hence, out of 23 nominees, the world best XI will be announce on the 17th of January 2022. So, the world best XI nominees are decided by the 20,000 footballers from 69 different countries casting their vote.


Before getting the 23 nominees for both men and women it was first shortlisted of 55 players for both sides. After that, it is reduce to 23 players. Therefore, 23 nominees are of 3 goalkeepers, six defenders, six midfielders and six forwards with two extra outfield players as they received the largest number of votes.


While in both the men and women nominees Chelsea has the highest number of nominated players with 9 players. Four players from the men side and five players from the women side. Chelsea is follow by Barcelona with 7 nominate players 4 from the men’s side and three from the women’s side.


However, after 17 years for the first time the number shortlist players are reduce from 55 players to 23 players to resemble real life squad. Moreover, the highest voted candidate from 23 list will be selected for the FIFA World best XI.



Men’s nominees

Goalkeepers- Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris Saint-German/ AC Milan), Alisson Becker (Liverpool) and Edouard Mendy (Chelsea)


Defenders- Jordi Alba (Barcelona), David Alaba (Real Madrid/ Bayern Munich), Dani Alves (Barcelona/ Sao Paulo), Trent Alexander- Arnold (Liverpool), Ruben Dias (Manchester City) and Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus).


Midfielders- Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) and Jorginho (Chelsea)


Forward- Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United/ Juventus), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Erling Haland (Borussia Dortmund), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-German), Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea/ Inter Milan), Neymar jr (Paris Saint-German), Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-German/Barcelona)


Women’s nominees

Goalkeepers- Ann-Katrin Berger (Chelsea), Laura Benkarth (Bayern Munich) and Christiane Endler (Lyon/ Paris Saint-German)


Defenders- Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Millie Bright (Chelsea), Ellie Carpenter (Lyon), Kadeisha Buchanan (Lyon), Irene Paredes (Barcelona), Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea) and Wendie Renard (Lyon).


Midfielders- Barbara Bonansea (Juventus), Estefania Banini (Atletico Madrid/ Levante), Aitana Bonmati (Barcelona), Carli Llyod (NJ/NY Gotham), Delphine Cascarino (Lyon) and Alexa Putellas (Barcelona)


Forwards- Sam Kerr (Chelsea), Pernille Harder (Chelsea), Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal), Marta (Orlando Pride), Gabrielle Onguene (Moscow, CSKA), Alex Morgan (Tottenham Hotspur/ Orlando Pride) and Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign)

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