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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