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The final 55 nominees in contention for World 11 selection will be announced Thursday, December 1, at 1200 (Central European Time).

Every year, FIFPro invites professional footballers worldwide to select their best team of the calendar year.

Players are asked to pick one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards.

 

More than 20,000 votes have already been received and counted. The 55 players with the most votes in their respective categories will be revealed in the following format:

  • 5 goalkeepers
  • 20 defenders
  • 15 midfielders
  • 15 forwards

The World 11 will be unveiled on January 9, 2017, at The Best FIFA Football Awards in Zurich.

FIFPro is offering you the chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to meet the World 11 stars in Zurich. Competition opens December 1. For more details, visit www.world11.com.

Stay in touch with World 11 updates on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who has enjoyed a highly successful year at both club and international level, is on course to be selected by his peers for the tenth year in a row.

After his recent hat-trick steered Real Madrid to a big win over local rivals Atletico Madrid, we paid tribute to the Portuguese goal machine on a new Twitter platform - @World11 - dedicated entirely to all things World 11.

We also said farewell to one of the greats after English midfielder Steven Gerrard, who was picked in three consecutive editions of the World 11 between 2007 and 2009, announced his retirement from the game. Thanks for the memories, Steve, you will never be forgotten.

As the countdown continues to the big announcement on January 9, we'll be taking you on a global journey to meet the players, all over the world from all walks of life. They are the heart and soul of what is the most prestigious, player-driven team award in world football. By the players. For the players.

Photo (top): Italian forward Mario Balotelli and Brazilian defender Dante, of French club Nice, are all smiles after voting for this year's World 11. Image courtesy of French players' union, UNFP.

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