Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Gianluigi Buffon, Sergio Ramos, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi: Fifa Awards Team of the Year

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Gianluigi Buffon, Sergio Ramos, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi: Fifa Awards Team of the Year

THE FIFPro World XI for 2017 was announced at the Fifa Best Football Awards with the usual names leading the line.

No-one was surprised to see Lionel Messi, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo leading the attack.

Fifa Best Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo was chosen in attack in the world XIFifa Best Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo was chosen in attack in the world XIPA:Press Association

But Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta‘s inclusion certainly raised more than a few eyebrows.

The starting XI was voted for by players from around the world.

Over 24,000 footballers were tasked with choosing their best XI in a 4-3-3 formation based on matches and performances from the 2016/17 campaign.

No-one can deny that Barca legend Iniesta has enjoyed an illustrious career for both club and country.

The Fifa World XI team pose for a selfie at the glitzy awards bashThe Fifa World XI team pose for a selfie at the glitzy awards bashReuters

However, but seeing the 33-year-old get selected as one of the top performers of last season was definitely baffling for many.

He scored just once and made six assists in all competitions in his 37 appearances.

And although that is nothing to be sniffed at, it remains questionable how he got the nod over the likes of N’Golo Kante after the impact he had in helping Chelsea to win the Premier League.

Iconic Italy and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was voted as the man to kept guard of the net in the star-studded line-up.

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Dani Alves, Leonardo Bonucci, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo made up the back four.

And Iniesta was partnered in the middle by Real Madrid duo Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.

With the emphasis on goals, the attacking trio of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar were unsurprisingly tasked with the leading the line.

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