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Carli Lloyd missed out on a third FIFPro Women’s World XI place by just four votes, narrowly losing out to Marta.

Lloyd and Marta were involved in a race for the third midfielder’s spot with Victoria Losada of Spain. It all came down to the votes FIFPro received on the last day of the election.

The goalkeeper’s position was also a close affair: Hedvig Lindahl finished 26 votes ahead of Sandra Paños.

In another exciting battle, Saki Kumagai failed by 20 votes to overtake Irene Paredes for the fourth defender’s position.

The tussle for the three attacking positions was less intense. Lieke Martens, Pernille Harder and Alex Morgan received far more votes than fourth-placed Shanice van de Sanden.

However, only 13 votes seperated Van de Sanden, Vivianne Miedema, Jennifer Hermoso and Eugénie Le Sommer, the numbers four to seven, respectively.

More than 4,100 female first-division footballers in 45 countries voted for the World XI based on 2017 performances..

It is the third time that FIFPro organized this unique poll, in which footballers select one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three attackers.

The ranking per line

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