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The players of Paris Saint-Germain and FC Barcelona were among the last participants in the election for the 2014 FIFA FIFPro World XI. Among the voters were six players who received the World XI award earlier this year.

The vote for the 2014 FIFA FIFPro World XI was officially launched on September 29th by Cristiano Ronaldo, the reigning World Footballer of the Year. The Portuguese superstar and his team mates at Real Madrid were the first players to select their team with the in their opinion best eleven players.

Their example was followed by tens of thousands of players worldwide, who accepted the invitation by FIFPro and its affiliated unions to compose their World XI.

This week, the players of Barcelona and PSG were among the last teams to participate. Many of these footballers have experienced the honour of being picked by your peers as a member of the best team in the world. In January 2014, six of them were on stage in Zurich during the FIFA Ballon d'Or: Dani Alves, Xavi, Andrés Iniesta and Lionel Messi (all FC Barcelona) and Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (both París Saint-Germain). They were then joined by Manuel Neuer, Phillip Lahm, Franck Ribéry (all FC Bayern Munich) and Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo.

FIFPro and FIFA will announce on Monday November 24th which 5 goalkeepers will be nominated for the 55-player World XI shortlist. On November 26th, the 20 defenders will be announced, on November 28th, the 15 midfielders will be announced and on Monday December 1st , FIFA and FIFPro will announce the 15 strikers.

The 2014 will be presented during the FIFA Ballon d'Or in Zurich on Monday January 12th 2015.

 

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Lionel Messi, Thiago Silva, Andrés Iniesta, Yohan Cabaye, Xavi and David Luiz

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More FIFPro World XI photos on flickr

Assisted by its member unions, FIFPro collects photos of players participating in the vote for the 2014 FIFA FIFPro World XI. All published photos can be seen on FIFPro's flickr web page

The FIFA FIFPro World XI

Each year FIFPro, the World Players' Union, invites all professional footballers in the World to vote for the FIFA FIFPro World XI. The players can select the eleven best players in their team, which consists of one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three attackers. On Monday January 12th 2015, during the FIFA Ballon d'Or, FIFA and FIFPro will unveil the eleven players who have received the most votes.

 

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