Wednesday 21 March 2018

Ferdinand and Bale in frame for world XI

RIO FERDINAND and Gareth Bale are among 17 Premier League-based players named in a 55-man shortlist for the Fifa Fifpro World XI for 2011.

Spain's La Liga boasts 22 nominees for the awards with the final XI due to be announced on January 9.

Goalkeepers -- Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Victor Valdes (Barcelona), Edwin van der Sar (retired).

Defenders -- Eric Abidal (Barcelona), Dani Alves (Barcelona), Ricardo Carvalho (Real Madrid), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Lucio (Internazionale), David Luiz (Chelsea), Maicon (Internazionale), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Alessandro Nesta (AC Milan), Pepe (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Thiago Silva (AC Milan), John Terry (Chelsea), Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United).

Midfielders -- Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Kaka (Real Madrid), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Nani (Manchester United), Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), David Silva (Manchester City), Wesley Sneijder (Internazionale), Yaya Toure (Manchester City), Xavi (Barcelona).

Forwards -- Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Wayne Rooney (Manchester Utd), David Villa (Barcelona), Samuel Eto'o (Anzhi), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Neymar (Santos), Didier Drogba (Chelsea), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan), Luis Suarez (Liverpool), Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid), Edinson Cavani (Napoli), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich), Robin van Persie (Arsenal).

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