Luis Suarez has made the FIFA FIFPro World 11 for the first time following a vote by professional footballers.
A total of 26,516 players in 69 countries selected a team consisting of the eleven players who according to them were the best at their position in 2016.
This annual vote is organized by FIFPro, the global representative of professional footballers, which through its member unions invited players to pick a team of 1 goalkeeper, 4 defenders, 3 midfielders and 3 forwards.
The 2016 FIFA FIFPro World 11 is:
Manuel Neuer (Germany, Bayern Munich)
Daniel Alves (Brazil, Barcelona and Juventus)
Gerard Pique (Spain, Barcelona)
Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid)
Marcelo (Brazil, Real Madrid)
Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid)
Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid)
Andres Iniesta (Spain, Barcelona)
Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona)
Luis Suarez (Uruguay, Barcelona)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid)
World 11 Facts:
- Luis Suarez is the only new face in the team. The Barcelona striker is the 54th player to collect the award in the 12-year World 11-history. He is the first Uruguayan player to receive this prize.
- Two players make their comeback in the World 11: Gerard Pique and Toni Kroos. Pique was last picked in 2012, Kroos made the 2014 team.
- Thiago Silva, Paul Pogba and Neymar Jr. have not made this year’s team, after being included in the 2015 World 11.
- The closest call was the third midfield position, with Kroos narrowly beating Pogba by two votes. It is the smallest margin ever in the 12-year World 11 history to decide on inclusion in the World 11.
- The 26,516 votes are just 14 short of last year’s record total amount of 26,530 votes.
- 69 participating countries is a new record, beating 2015’s 68 countries.
- Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is the only player who did not star for a Spanish club in 2016. Dani Alves left Spain and Barcelona during the summer for Italian club Juventus.
- Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are joint record holders with 10 World 11 awards. Both have made the team during each of the last 10 years.
- Andres Iniesta is third on the all-time list with 8 awards, Sergio Ramos is 4th with 7 awards and Alves equals Xavi’s total of 6 awards.
- Spanish players have received the most awards in World 11 history: 38. Brazil is 2nd with 24 and Argentina and England are joint 3rd with 11 awards.
- Barcelona and Real Madrid each have 5 award winners. Historically Barcelona leads with 45 awards, before Real (33) and AC Milan (10).
- The Spanish Liga is the most successful league with 80 World 11 awards, clearly leading the way over the English Premier League (24) and Italy’s Serie A (20). All awards have gone to teams in Europe’s big 5 leagues, with Germany’s Bundesliga (9) and France’s Ligue 1 (5) picking up the remaining trophies.
“I am glad to be again in the World 11”, Cristiano Ronaldo told FIFPro. “It means a lot to me. It shows that the work I have done is unbelievable. It is not a coincidence that I have been included for the tenth time. I want to thank all the players for voting on me.”
Manuel Neuer made the World 11 for the fourth consecutive year. "It feels very good, definitely”, Neuer told FIFPro. “It is a special award for me, but I think also for the teams that I play for, the German national team and FC Bayern. I owe a lot to our guys and I am happy to be elected again."
“Of the 6 World 11 trophies I have won this is the most important”, Dani Alves told FIFPro. “When things are difficult, and people say well, you are 33 years old, that’s when the award is more precious ... When people stop believing in you, and they think you have reached your limit. In life you are the one who sets the limits, not other people.”
FIFPro wishes to congratulate all the players in the 2016 FIFA FIFPro World 11 and all member unions around the world who assisted greatly in organising the votes of their respective players.
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- Published: 09 January 2017