Manchester United and Spain goalkeeper David de Gea is among the players to have been named in the FIFA FIFPro World XI for 2018, though there was a notable omission from the team – in Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
With the Best FIFA Football Award ceremony having taken place in London on Monday night, several players were recognised for their contributions to the sport over the past year.
The Spanish stopper joined Real Madrid stars Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo and Luka Modric in the world’s top side, while Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi was included as well.
Former Barca star defender Dani Alves, now at Paris Saint-Germain, made up the defensive line for the World’s best as Chelsea pair N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard were named among the best midfielders.
The Blues midfielders have been two of the most impressive players in the Premier League and they both had incredible campaigns in the World Cup, with the former going on to win the trophy with France while the latter won bronze with Belgium.
New Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has also unsurprisingly made it into the prestigious 11 after another great year in Europe with Madrid, and French prodigy Kylian Mbappe would join him after a World Cup-winning summer.
Modric, who won the World Cup’s Golden Ball and was only recently named UEFA’s Player of the Year, has been handed yet another personal triumph off the back of an incredible season with Real and an impressive World Cup performance with Croatia.
The Croatian midfielder would also be presented with the night’s top award, being named the Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2018.
“This trophy is also for my family without who I would not be the player and person that I am,” he said. “Thanks to my fans all over the world for great support and love that they are showing me.”