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FIFPro World XI: Were they all the correct choices?

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The chosen World XI by FIFPro has been quite a hot subject recently, with a lot of debate going on whether some of the players there actually deserved their place.

There have always been the die-hard supporters of teams that will lean more towards their players to be in there with the best, even people that will choose other players to spite a rival team, but overall the World XI every year has been unquestionable. 

This year has caused quite the stir though, seeing some old favourites making an appearance once again, even though there have been players across the world, specifically the Premier League, that seem to have a stronger case.

The chosen FIFPro World XI was as follows: (In a 4-3-3 formation) Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Thiago Silva (PSG), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Dani Alves (Barcelona), Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich), Xavi (Barcelona), Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Zlatan Ibrahimović (PSG) and of course Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).

Without doubting the hugely massive talents of these players, there are some many feel should have been there instead. A strong case being the fact there are only three Bayern Munich players there, which we don't need reminding are the current holders and most recent victors of the Champions League and the Fifa Club World Cup, on top of multiple other trophies the same year.

Any old team with one world-class player could not be able to do this at all, so it's obvious they had a lot of fire-power towards their European rampage.

An example being that of versatile midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, one major contender for a place in the World XI. The 29-year-old German international has been, and still is, key to Bayern's success over the years. His incredible and tireless working for his team, passing, scoring, assisting and defending has been phenomenal, yet the likes of Xavi and Andrés Iniesta got their place in the world's elite first.

There's no question the two Spaniards are an example of the best there is, but the season just passed there is also no questioning that the German powerhouse earns that place above at least one of them.

Another case is that of Uruguayan maverick Luis Suárez. Yet slightly more understandable given his crooked past and season of missing matches through ban, "El Pistolero" has broken all kinds of records for his current club Liverpool. He is slowly becoming one of the most prolific strikers the world has ever seen, even chipping in with assists and chance-creating.

Some say it is because of his enigmatic personality, although Zlatan is not too far off himself. Some are even saying it is because he is in the Premier League, amongst other contenders, with a hint of bias towards the likes of the Spanish giants.

How long will it be before we do see a Premier League player in the infamous line-up? I think it is inevitable that in a year's time we will see a completely different XI, with the incredibly talents emerging such as previously mentioned Suárez, Manchester City's Sergio Agüero, Manchester United's deadly duo Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney and of course others.

Who should have been there instead? Have your say.

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