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Barcelona and Real Madrid dominate FIFPro award list

The International Federation of Professional Footballers, which presides over the FIFPro Awards, has announced its 55-player list of nominees for the FIFPro World XI 2017.

Among them are nine Spanish players, all of whom represent either Real Madrid or Barcelona, except for

David de Gea (Manchester United) and Thiago Alcántara (Bayern Munich).

Of the 55 players, almost half (23) ply their trade in the Spanish top flight with 12 Real Madrid player and eight from Barça on the list.

Real Madrid top list for number of players

Zinedine Zidane’s European and Liga champions are the most numerous club with Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal, Isco, Karim Benzema, Rapahel Varane, Keylor Navas and Luka Modric all making the cut.

Barcelona are also well-represented by Luis Suárez, Gerard Piqué, Leo Messi, Sergio Busquets, Andrés Iniesta, Jordi Alba, Samuel Umtiti and Javier Mascherano.

Atlético have only three players on the long-list: Jan Oblak, Diego Godín and Antoine Griezmann.

The 2016 FIFPro World XI for 2016 was: Manuel Neuer, Dani Alves, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Andrés Iniesta, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Complete list of nominees

Keepers

Gianluigi Buffon – Italy, Juventus

David de Gea – Spain, Manchester United

Keylor Navas – Costa Rica, Real Madrid

Manuel Neuer -Germany, FC Bayern Munich

Jan Oblak – Slovenia, Atlético Madrid

Defenders

David Alaba – Austria, FC Bayern Munich

Jordi Alba – Spain, FC Barcelona

Dani Alves – Brazil, PSG

Jérôme Boateng – Germany, FC Bayern Munich

Leonardo Bonucci – Italy, AC Milan

Dani Carvajal – Spain, Real Madrid

Giorgio Chiellini – Italy, Juventus

Diego Godín – Uruguay, Atlético Madrid

Mats Hummels – Germany, FC Bayern Munich

Phillipp Lahm – Germany, FC Bayern Munich

David Luiz – Brazil, Chelsea FC

Marcelo – Brazil, Real Madrid

Javier Mascherano – Argentina, FC Barcelona

Pepe – Portugal, Besiktaş

Gerard Piqué – Spain, FC Barcelona

Sergio Ramos – Spain, Real Madrid

Thiago Silva – Brazil, PSG

Samuel Umtiti – France, FC Barcelona

Antonio Valencia – Ecuador, Manchester United

Raphaël Varane – France, Real Madrid

Midfielders

Thiago Alcántara – Spain, FC Bayern Munich

Sergio Busquets – Spain, FC Barcelona

Casemiro – Brazil, Real Madrid

Philippe Coutinho – Brazil, Liverpool FC

Eden Hazard – Belgium, Chelsea FC

Andrés Iniesta – Spain, FC Barcelona

Isco – Spain, Real Madrid

N’Golo Kanté – France, Chelsea FC

Toni Kroos – Germany, Real Madrid

Nemanja Matić – Serbia, Manchester United

Luka Modrić – Croatia, Real Madrid

Mesut Özil – Germany, Arsenal

Paul Pogba – France, Manchester United

Marco Verratti – Italy, PSG

Arturo Vidal – Chile, FC Bayern Munich

Forwards

Gareth Bale – Wales, Real Madrid

Karim Benzema – France, Real Madrid

Edinson Cavani – Uruguay, PSG

Paulo Dybala – Argentina, Juventus

Antoine Griezmann – France, Atlético Madrid

Zlatan Ibrahimović – Sweden, Manchester United

Harry Kane – England, Tottenham Hotspur

Robert Lewandowski – Poland, FC Bayern Munich

Romelu Lukaku – Belgium, Manchester United

Kylian Mbappé – France, PSG

Lionel Messi – Argentina, FC Barcelona

Neymar – Brazil, PSG

Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal, Real Madrid

Alexis Sánchez – Chile, Arsenal

Luis Suárez – Uruguay, FC Barcelona

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