Bale heads FIFPro shortlist


Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale heads a 18-strong list of Premier League players in the running to feature in the FIFPro World XI.

The Welshman is joined by England quartet Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney on the 55-man shortlist.

Manchester City quartet David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure are included while the retired Edwin Van der Sar along with Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic and Nani completes Manchester United's contenders.

Arsenal's Robin Van Persie, Chelsea's Didier Drogba and David Luiz and Liverpool's Luiz Suarez complete the list.

Former Ballon d'Or winners Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka lead the list, which sees 22 players who apply the trade in La Liga feature.

European Champions Barcelona have 11 players nominated for the award, while Real Madrid have ten.

The final XI, comprising of one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards will be announced on January 9th, the same evening as winner of the Ballon d'Or is unveiled.

The shortlist in full:

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus), Iker Casillas (Spain, Real Madrid), Manuel Neuer (Germany, Bayern Munich), Víctor Valdes (Spain, Barcelona), Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands, retired, formerly Manchester United).

Defenders: Eric Abidal (France, Barcelona), Dani Alves (Brazil, Barcelona), Ricardo Carvalho (Portugal, Real Madrid), Ashley Cole (England, Chelsea), Patrice Evra (France, Manchester United), Rio Ferdinand (England, Manchester United), Vincent Kompany (Belgium, Manchester City), Philipp Lahm (Germany, Bayern Munich), Lucio (Brazil, Internazionale), David Luiz (Brazil, Chelsea), Maicon (Brazil, Internazionale), Marcelo (Brazil, Real Madrid), Alessandro Nesta (Italy, AC Milan), Pepe (Portugal, Real Madrid), Gerard Piqué (Spain, Barcelona), Carles Puyol (Spain, Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid), Thiago Silva (Brazil, AC Milan), John Terry (England, Chelsea), Nemanja Vidic (Serbia, Manchester United).

Midfielders: Xabi Alonso (Spain, Real Madrid), Gareth Bale (Wales, Tottenham Hotspur), Sergio Busquets (Spain, Barcelona), Cesc Fabregas (Spain, Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Spain, Barcelona), Kaka (Brazil, Real Madrid), Frank Lampard (England, Chelsea), Nani (Portugal, Manchester United), Mesut Ozil (Germany, Real Madrid), Andrea Pirlo (Italy, Juventus), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany, Bayern Munich), David Silva (Spain, Manchester City), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands, Internazionale), Yaya Toure (Côte d’Ivoire, Manchester City), Xavi (Spain, Barcelona).

Forwards: Sergio Aguero (Argentina, Manchester City), Karim Benzema (France, Real Madrid), Edinson Cavani (Uruguay, Napoli), Didier Drogba (Côte d’Ivoire, Chelsea), Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon, Anzhi), Radamel Falcao (Colombia, Atletico Madrid), Mario Gomez (Germany, Bayern Munich), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, AC Milan), Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona), Neymar (Brazil, Santos), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid), Wayne Rooney (England, Manchester United), Luis Suarez (Uruguay, Liverpool), Robin van Persie (Netherlands,Arsenal), David Villa (Spain, Barcelona).

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