One of the first happenings at the Ballon D’Or gala on Monday was the unveiling of the FIFA FIFPro World XI, and it’s no surprise that World Cup champion Germany has a trio of players representing club and/or country
Manuel Neuer is between the sticks for this imaginary team after leading Germany and Bayern Munich to championships last season, and he’s joined by his club and countrymate Philipp Lahm on the squad. Bayern’s Arjen Robben is one of the 4-3-3 formation’s three up top
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Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos and club teammate Toni Kroos of Germany are, of course, joined by Cristiano Ronaldo, while Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta represent Barcelona.
Meanwhile, David Luiz and Thiago Silva, now together at Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain are on the list, with current Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria.
Notable snubs include Manchester City’s Yaya Toure and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, as well as Juventus’ Andrea Pirlo.
FIFA FIFPro World XI
GOALKEEPER: Manuel Neuer
DEFENDERS: Philipp Lahm, Sergio Ramos, David Luiz, Thiago Silva
MIDFIELDERS: Angel Di Maria, Toni Kroos, Andres Iniesta
FORWARDS: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Arjen Robben.
By current club
Real Madrid – 3
Bayern Munich – 3
Barcelona – 2
Paris Saint-Germain – 2
Manchester United – 1
By national team
Germany – 3
Brazil – 2
Argentina – 2
Spain – 2
Portugal – 1
Netherlands – 1