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A day after keeping local rivals United in check and securing the first place in the English Premier League, the players of Manchester City took on another important task: voting for the FIFA FIFPro World XI. The likes of Sergio Agüero, Yaya Touré and Captain Vincent Kompany all contributed as part of expected 25,000 players worldwide who will pick their best eleven for the calendar year of 2015.

In exactly four weeks’ time, on November 26, FIFPro will announce which 55 players have received enough votes to be in contention for a spot on the World XI. Until then, the 58 players’ associations that form FIFPro and other affiliated unions will be visiting clubs in their country to invite professional footballers to join this unique vote. The players highly respect this election, as the World XI is the only global team award decided exclusively by them.

Earlier this week, representatives of the English PFA headed to the Manchester City training ground, where they were welcomed by Kompany and his men. The Citizens took this opportunity to select their own team very seriously. As professional footballers, they are best equipped to judge the qualities of their peers. They know the sacrifices it takes to become a star player in this game. They know which footballers stand out and are deserving of this special recognition.

More information about the World XI voting process

That does not mean they all think alike and create identical World XI’s. Every player has his own criteria to select a player. “It was interesting and fun to watch all these great players trying to select their own teams,” said PFA Assistant Chief Executive and former City player Richard Jobson who lead the visit to his ex club. “You could see that they took pride in this when they jointly discussed their World XIs. Some of them were very seriously defending their picks, and of course there was a lot of banter when it came to the various selections.”

Jobson remembers a visit to Sunderland earlier last week, when one of the players was so convinced of the supreme quality of his World XI, that he stated, “my team is so good, I don’t even need a goalkeeper...”.

On Thursday November 26, FIFPro will announce the top 55 names that include 5 goalkeepers, 20 defenders, 15 midfielders and 15 forwards. Last year, four Man City players collected enough votes to make this list of 55 - Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, Yaya Touré and Segio Agüero - but they narrowly missed out on the exclusive award.

The World XI is set to be unveiled on January 11, 2016, at FIFA’s Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zurich.

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