2018-19 was an extraordinary season for Premier League as both European finals were fought amongst clubs from the league.
And this dominance from English clubs in Europe was very evident in the recently released shortlist for FIFA FIFPRO World 11. The league led all other European leagues with 21 nominations in a 55-player list. La Liga was close behind the Premier League with 20 nominations.
This is the first time in ten years that Premier League has topped this list, thus ending La Liga’s nine year run at the top. Champions League winners Liverpool and Premier League champions Manchester City made biggest contributions towards the list from Premier League. Both sides contributed with seven players each to the shortlist.
However, La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid surpassed both Premier League sides with nine and eight players respectively.
Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo, who is the only player to have featured on all 15 best XI so far, also made it to the shortlist.
The final eleven, which will consist of a goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards, will be revealed at the Best FIFA Football Awards, scheduled to take place at Milan on 23rd September. Other major FIFA awards such as best Men’s and Women’s best players, FIFA Puskas award and more will be presented at the same ceremony. The 55-player list is based on votes from more than 23,000 professional players from around the world. The players were judged for their performances between July 2018 and July 2019.
The 55-player shortlist
Goalkeeper: Alisson (Liverpool); Ederson (Manchester City); David de Gea (Manchester United); Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona); Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid)
Defenders: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool); Andrew Robertson (Liverpool); Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool); Kyle Walker (Manchester City); Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City);Daniel Alves (Paris St-Germain/Sao Paulo); Joao Cancelo (Juventus/Manchester City); Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus); Diego Godin (Atletico/Inter Milan); Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich); Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli); Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax/Juventus); Gerard Pique (Barcelona); Jordi Alba (Barcelona); Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid); Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid); Alex Sandro (Juventus); Raphael Varane (Real Madrid); Marcelo (Real Madrid); Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain)
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona); Casemiro (Real Madrid); Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City); Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur); Frenkie de Jong (Ajax/Barcelona); Eden Hazard (Chelsea/Real Madrid); N’Golo Kante (Chelsea); Toni Kroos (Real Madrid); Arthur Melo (Barcelona); Luka Modric (Real Madrid); Paul Pogba (Manchester United); Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona); Bernardo Silva (Manchester City); Dusan Tadic (Ajax); Arturo Vidal (Barcelona)
Forwards: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City); Karim Benzema (Real Madrid); Roberto Firmino (Liverpool); Antoine Griezmann (Atletico/Barcelona); Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur); Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich); Sadio Mane (Liverpool); Kylian Mbappe (Paris St-Germain); Lionel Messi (Barcelona); Neymar (Paris St-Germain); Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus); Mohammed Salah (Liverpool); Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur); Raheem Sterling (Manchester City); Luis Suarez (Barcelona)