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Football player Cristiano Ronaldo is the only Portuguese player in the list of 55 candidates for the 2017/18 season World 11 announced by International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFpro).
In a voting of 25,000 players from 65 countries, FIFpro announced the name of five goalkeepers, 20 defenders, 15 midfielders and 15 forwards.
In the context of the FIFA awards, FIFpro associates choose a team with one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards, who stood out in the 2017/18 season and are part of the FIFA’s elected team.
The winners are being announced in the FIFA awards ceremony on 24 September in London, during which the Best Player award will also be known, which Cristiano Ronaldo, Salah and Luka Modric are competing for.
For the World 11 team, the goalkeepers nominated are Gianluigi Buffon, Thibaut Courtois, David De Gea, Keylor Navas and Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
For the 20 defenders: Jordi Alba, Dani Alves, Daniel Carvajal, Giorgio Chiellini, Virgil van Dijk, Diego Godín, Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich, Dejan Lovren, Marcelo, Yerry Mina, Benjamin Pavard, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Ramos, Thiago Silva, Kieran Trippier, Samuel Umtiti, Raphaël Varane, Sime Vrsaljko and Kyle Walker.
The 20 midfielders are: Andrés Iniesta (for the 12th consecutive year), Casemiro, Sergio Busquets, Philippe Coutinho, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Isco, N´golo Kanté, Toni Kroos, Matic, Luka Modric, Paul Pogba, Ivan Rakitic, David Silva and Arturo Vidal.
And finally, for the 20 forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Cavani, Paulo Dybala, Antoine Griezmann, Harry Kane, Robert Lewandowski, Romelu Lukaku, Mario Mandzukic, Sadio Mané, Kylian Mbappé, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Mohammed Salah.
Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won the award five times, was included in the list of 55 nominees since the first edition of the award in 2004/05, a record shared with Italian goalkeeper ‘Gigi’ Buffon.Source: Lusa