25,000 professional footballers from across the globe voted for their peers, and the players who receive the most votes in each position will be named in the World XI.

By 90Min
September 10, 2018

FIFPro has revealed the 55 players who are in contention to be named in the annual World XI at 'The Best' FIFA Football Awards ceremony later this month.

25,000 professional footballers from across the globe voted for their peers, and the players who receive the most votes in each position will be named in a world team, when it is revealed at the awards ceremony in London on September 24.

Manchester United's David de Gea and Real Madrid's Keylor Navas are named among the five goalkeepers, both of them on the list for the fourth consecutive year.

Gianluigi Buffon continues his remarkable record of being nominated every year since the awards were inaugurated in 2004/05.

Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier, both part of the England squad that reached the World Cup semi finals, are included on the list of 20 defenders competing for four places in the World XI. The Liverpool pair of Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren are also named on the shortlist.

Six of the 15 nominated midfielders are based in the Premier League, including Manchester United's Paul Pogba, Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne and the Chelsea duo of Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante.

The 15 forwards nominated for the team include last year's front three of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, as are French World Cup winners Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann.

World Cup golden boot winner Harry Kane is nominated, as are Premier League top scorer Mohamed Salah and his Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane.

Surprising omissions include Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak, Bayern Munich's James Rodriguez, and Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, who scored twice in the Champions League final.

The full lists of nominees can be found below.


Player Country Club
Gianluigi Buffon Italy Juventus/Paris Saint-Germain
Thibaut Courtois Belgium Chelsea/Real Madrid
David De Gea Spain Manchester United
Keylor Navas Costa Rica Real Madrid
Marc-Andre ter Stegen Germany Barcelona


Player Country Club
Jordi Alba Spain Barcelona
Dani Alves Brazil Paris Saint-Germain
Dani Carvajal Spain Real Madrid
Giorgio Chiellini Italy Juventus
Virgil van Dijk Netherlands Liverpool
Diego Godin Uruguay Atletico Madrid
Mats Hummels Germany Bayern Munich
Joshua Kimmich Germany Bayern Munich
Dejan Lovren Croatia Liverpool
Marcelo Brazil Real Madrid
Yerry Mina Colombia Barcelona/Everton
Benjamin Pavard France Stuttgart
Gerard Pique Spain Barcelona
Sergio Ramos Spain Real Madrid
Thiago Silva Brazil Paris Saint-Germain
Kieran Trippier England Tottenham Hotspur
Samuel Umtiti France Barcelona
Raphael Varane France Real Madrid
Sime Vrsaljko Croatia Atletico Madrid
Kyle Walker England Manchester City
Player Country Club
Sergio Busquets Spain Barcelona
Casemiro Brazil Real Madrid
Philippe Coutinho Brazil Liverpool/Barcelona
Kevin De Bruyne Belgium Manchester City
Eden Hazard Belgium Chelsea
Andres Iniesta Spain Barcelona/Vissel Kobe
Isco Spain Real Madrid
N'Golo Kante France Chelsea
Toni Kroos Germany Real Madrid
Nemanja Matic Serbia Manchester United
Luka Modric Croatia Real Madrid
Paul Pogba France Manchester United
Ivan Rakitic Croatia Barcelona
David Silva Spain Manchester City
Arturo Vidal Chile Bayern Munich/Barcelona
Player Country Club
Karim Benzema France Real Madrid
Edinson Cavani Uruguay Paris Saint-Germain
Paulo Dybala Argentina Juventus
Antoine Griezmann France Atletico Madrid
Harry Kane England Tottenham Hotspur
Robert Lewandowski Poland Bayern Munich
Romelu Lukaku Belgium Manchester United
Mario Mandzukic Croatia Juventus
Sadio Mane Senegal Liverpool
Kylian Mbappe France Paris Saint-Germain
Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona
Neymar Brazil Paris Saint-Germain
Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid/Juventus
Mohamed Salah Egypt Liverpool
Luis Suarez Uruguay Barcelona

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