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FIFPro World XI team leaked?

Who will walk away with the top prize in the ceremony? (©GettyImages)
Who will walk away with the top prize in the ceremony? (©GettyImages).

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

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