FIFPro World XI 2017
Last updated: 9.32am, Tuesday 24th October 2017
Gianluigi Buffon, Leonardo Bonucci and Neymar JR join Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the 2016-2017 FIFA FIFPro World 11.
Chosen by professional football players across the globe, the accolade is considered one of the most prestigious in the game.
A record number of 26,622 players from 71 countries participated in the vote organized by FIFPro, the world’s player union, which through its member unions invited players to pick a team of 1 goalkeeper, 4 defenders, 3 midfielders and 3 forwards.
The World 11 for 2017 as voted for by players across the globe is:
Goalkeeper - Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus)
Defenders - Dani Alves (Brazil, Juventus/currently Paris Saint-Germain), Leonardo Bonucci (Italy, Juventus/currently AC Milan), Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid), Marcelo (Brazil, Real Madrid)
Midfielders - Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid), Andrés Iniesta (Spain, Barcelona)
Forwards - Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid), Neymar JR (Brazil, Barcelona/currently Paris Saint-Germain).
The World XI as chosen by Scotland's players differs slightly in the goalkeeping and midfield departments with Manchester United's David de Gea and Chelsea's N'Golo Kante preferred to Buffon and Iniesta.