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In seven of the 71 participating countries professional footballers selected the same eleven players as those who were chosen in the ‘real’ World 11.

Except for India, the other six countries are all located in Southeast Europe: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Romania and Turkey.

Last year only one country picked the ‘real’ World 11: Venezuela.

There are more signs that the new World 11 has a lot of support among professional footballers.

Four players have been selected in each country’s World 11: Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. In 2016 only Messi and Ronaldo were present in each team.

Next to that, Luka Modric is only missing in one country, while Neymar JR was left out on just three teams.

Kenya’s World 11 has four different players in the World 11: the most of all countries. The footballers in Kenya included David De Gea, David Luiz, Victor Wanyama and Paul Pogba. They omitted Gianluigi Buffon, Leonardo Bonucci, Andrés Iniesta and Toni Kroos.

Last year, three countries had five different players and Bolivia even had eight other names in their World 11.

Three players who were not mentioned on the list of 55 were selected in a local World 11, all of them in their own country: Victor Wanyama in Kenya, Mohamed Salah in Egypt and Claudio Bravo in Chile.

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