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Six Serie A Players Candidates For FIFPro World XI

Five Serie A-based players and Gianluigi Buffon have been included in the 55-man shortlist for 2017-18 FIFPro World XI.

Juventus pair Giorgio Chiellini and Paulo Dybala are recognised for their efforts in helping the Bianconeri secure another domestic double last season, while Mario Mandzukic spearheaded Croatia’s run to their first-ever World Cup Final.

Cristiano Ronaldo is also nominated for firing Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League, prior to joining the Old Lady over the summer.

Finally, Inter have one representative in Sime Vrsajlko, who helped Atletico Madrid win the Europa League last term and was part of the Croatia side who finished runners-up in Russia.

However, no Italian or Serie A midfielders have been put forward, with PSG’s Marco Verratti not winning enough votes this time around.

The World XI will be unveiled by FIFA and FIFPro during The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony in London on September 24.

FIFPro World XI shortlist in full:

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus/Paris Saint-Germain), Thibaut Courtois (Belgium, Chelsea/Real Madrid), David de Gea (Spain, Manchester United), Keylor Navas (Costa Rica, Real Madrid), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Germany, Barcelona)

Defenders: Jordi Alba (Spain, Barcelona), Dani Alves (Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain), Dani Carvajal (Spain, Real Madrid), Giorgio Chiellini (Italy, Juventus), Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands, Southampton/Liverpool), Diego Godin (Uruguay, Atletico Madrid), Mats Hummels (Germany, Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Germany, Bayern Munich), Dejan Lovren (Croatia, Liverpool), Marcelo (Brazil, Real Madrid), Yerry Mina (Colombia, Barcelona/Everton), Benjamin Pavard (France, Stuttgart), Gerard Pique (Spain, Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid), Thiago Silva (Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain), Kieran Trippier (England, Tottenham Hotspur), Samuel Umtiti (France, Barcelona), Raphael Varane (France, Real Madrid), Sime Vrsaljko (Croatia, Atletico Madrid/Inter), Kyle Walker (England, Manchester City)

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Spain, Barcelona), Casemiro (Brazil, Real Madrid), Philippe Coutinho (Brazil, Liverpool/Barcelona), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium, Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Belgium, Chelsea), Andres Iniesta (Spain, Barcelona/Vissel Kobe), Isco (Spain, Real Madrid), N’Golo Kante (France, Chelsea), Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid), Nemanja Matic (Serbia, Manchester United), Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid), Paul Pogba (France, Manchester United), Ivan Rakitic (Croatia, Barcelona), David Silva (Spain, Manchester City), Arturo Vidal (Chile, Bayern Munich/Barcelona)

Forwards: Karim Benzema (France, Real Madrid), Edinson Cavani (Uruguay, Paris Saint-Germain), Paulo Dybala (Juventus, Argentina), Antoine Griezmann (France, Atletico Madrid), Harry Kane (England, Tottenham Hotspur), Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern Munich), Romelu Lukaku (Belgium, Manchester United), Mario Mandzukic (Croatia, Juventus), Sadio Mane (Senegal, Liverpool), Kylian Mbappe (France, Paris Saint-Germain), Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona), Neymar (Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid/Juventus), Mohamed Salah (Egypt, Liverpool), Luis Suarez (Uruguay, Barcelona)