A picture has been linked of a Ballon d'Or rehearsal for the awards ceremony tonight - and it appears to show the FIFA FIFPro World XI selections in the background.
The team, according to the picture, is:
Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer – Bayern Munich
Defender: Philipp Lahm – Bayern Munich
Defender: Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid
Defender: Thiago Silva – PSG
Defender: Dani Alves – FC Barcelona
Midfielder: Andres Iniesta – FC Barcelona
Midfielder: Xavi Hernandez – FC Barcelona
Midfielder: Franck Ribery – Bayern Munich
Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid
Forward: Zlatan Ibrahimovic – PSG
Forward: Lionel Messi – FC Barcelona
While there are no surprise inclusions to the squad, there are notable absenses such as: Dante, David Alaba, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sergio Busquets, Yaya Toure and Luis Suarez.
Only four clubs make up the team: Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Real Madrid. That therefore means no Premier League players, no Serie A players and no players employed outside of Europe.
If this selection does appear to be correct, then it will be a source of debate and controversy for the days that follow
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/1a2u3KU
DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.