All four attackers were included in the world’s best XI for 2021
Cristiano Ronaldo, Erling Haaland, Robert Lewandowski and Lionel Messi have been named in attack for the FIFA FIFPro Men’s World XI 2021.
Despite being one of the final nominees for The Best FIFA Men’s Player award this year, Mohamed Salah was not named as one of the 23 shortlisted for the squad.
But as last year’s winner of The Best FIFA Men’s Player award, Robert Lewandowski and 2021 Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi were guaranteed a place in the XI.
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Who is in the FIFPro Men’s World XI?
The World XI consists of one goalkeeper, three defenders, three midfielders and four attackers.
Despite winning The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper trophy, Edouard Mendy was not included in the squad as Italy’s Euro 2020 winner Gianluigi Donnarumma got the nod before him.
✨ The FIFA FIFPRO #World11 2021 Men’s Lineup:
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— FIFPRO (@FIFPRO) January 17, 2022
Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund star Haaland was placed in attack alongside his Bundesliga rival Lewandowski, Ronaldo and Messi.
The team is as follows:
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Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Donnarumma;
Defenses: David Alaba, Ruben Dias, Leonardo Bonucci;
Midfielders: Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Kevin De Bruyne;
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Erling Haaland, Robert Lewandowski, Lionel Messi.
Who has been left out?
Goalkeepers Alisson Becker and Mendy were left out, while defenders Jordi Alba, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Dani Alves were also on the shortlist.
Bruno Fernandes, Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets were the midfielders who were not included and Karim Benzema, Romelu Lukaku, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar were left out.