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Marca pick four current PL players for their worst XI of 2017 - and one is a huge shock

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On Monday evening, Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo predictably picked up his second consecutive FIFA Best Player of the Year award.

It is the fifth time the Portuguese international captain has lifted the award, earning 43% of the votes, with his arch rival Lionel Messi only picking up 19%.

PSG's Neymar finished third, while Ronaldo's boss Zinedine Zidane picked up the Best Coach of the Year after lifting a La Liga and Champions League double.

The famous front three were joined by the likes of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Buffon and Leonardo Bonucci in the FIFPro World XI.

But, who would make the worst XI from the year? Well, Spanish publication Marca have had a go at picking a team full team of players who had a pretty naff 2017.

However, some of their choices will be hotly debated, particularly one Premier League star who certainly should not feature.

MARCA'S WORST XI

So, in goal, Manchester City's Claudio Bravo is selected and in all fairness, the Chilean deserves his place after a woeful debut season in the Premier League.

However, his City teammate John Stones ahead of him is certainly a selection that should spark debate.

The Englishman took time to adapt to Pep Guardiola's side but in recent months, he has looked like one of the finest defenders in the English top-flight, if not the world.

Former Tottenham flop Vincent Janssen naturally makes the cut and there are three new Premier League recruits who feature.

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Jese Rodriguez, Renato Sanches and Grzegorz Krychowiak are all included, begging the question, is England's top-flight the new place for players to rebuild their reputation?

Elsewhere, current Sporting Lisbon duo Fabio Coentrao and Jeremy Mathieu make the cut, with Atletico Madrid's Nico Gaitan and Barca boys Paco Alcacer and Andre Gomes making up the rest of the team.

In all fairness, most of the players included moved for big money in recent times which has probably contributed to their nomination.

The likes of Gomes, Sanches, Alcacer and Krychowiak all cost a pretty penny in the summer of 2016 but failed to match their valuation.

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