Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo named in FIFPro’s World XI nominee list

More than 28,000 professional football players cast votes on FIFPro’s World XI 2023 nominee list

Lionel Messi (right) and Cristiano Ronaldo gesture during separate matches. — AFP/File

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are among the 23 players whose names have made up FIFPro’s World XI 2023 nominee list in appreciation of their accomplishments and performances.

More than 28,000 professional football players have cast votes for the players they wanted to see included in the World XI through the FIFPro organisation. 

Since this is the only award in international football that is selected solely by the players, there are a few requirements that must be fulfilled before the players are considered eligible, reported Sportskeeda.

The awards event is to be held in London on January 15, 2024.

The participants’ performances will be evaluated over the course of eight months, from August 20, 2023, to December 19, 2022.

Peers will select the starting eleven players, including one custodian, three defenders, three midfielders, and three strikers. The outfield player who receives the most votes among the nine previously chosen will occupy the final slot in the starting lineup.

For FIFA’s “The Best Men’s Player of the Year”, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, and Erling Haaland reached the final three-man shortlist.

Each member of the shortlist for the FIFPro World XI, including Cristiano Ronaldo of Al Nassr, was chosen by their peers.

Three goalkeepers—Thibaut Courtois, Emiliano Martinez, and Emerson—as well as six defenders, seven midfielders, and seven strikers are on the shortlist. Ruben Dias, John Stones, Kyle Walker, Antonio Rudiger, Virgil Van Dijk, and Eder Militao are among the defenders on the list.

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