Professional footballers in a record number of 69 countries voted for the 2016 FIFA FIFPro World 11. As each country has its own favourites, FIFPro presents the national World 11’s of all participating countries.
Only in one country the local players selected the same eleven players as that have been selected for the ‘real’ World 11: Venezuela.
Most countries have one, two or three different players. Three countries voted for five others: Germany, South Korea and Tunisia.
In Bolivia only three World 11 players were picked by the local players: Dani Alves, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Eight other players completed the Bolivian World 11: Claudio Bravo, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Jordi Alba, Arturo Vidal, Sergio Busquets, Xabi Alonso and Neymar Jr.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the only two players who are included in each of the 69 local World 11’s.
FIFPro also created four teams based on votes per continent, leading to four different World 11’s.
The American World 11 is identical to the FIFA FIFPro World 11.
The other three continental teams all have two changes:
- The African World 11 includes Thiago Silva and Paul Pogba instead of Gerard Pique and Toni Kroos.
- Pogba also appears in the World 11 of Asia/Oceania, again at the expense of Toni Kroos. Neymar Jr. is also picked, with Luis Suarez being left out.
- The players in Europe also preferred Pogba to Kroos, while in defence David Alaba took the place of Gerard Pique.
- Published: 09 January 2017