Mohamed Salah Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi contenders in FIFPro World XI

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Cape Town - The 55-man shortlist for the FIFA FIFPro World XI was revealed on Monday after votes from 25 000 footballers in 65 countries.

According to the rules, players are to vote one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards based on the players' performances between 3 July 2017 and 15 July 2018 inclusive.

Almost 25,000 professional footballers from about 65 different countries voted for 55 players to select one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards for the 2018 World XI, FIFA said. He is joined by Liverpool teammate Dejan Lovren and Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos - who lifted Real's third successive Champions League trophy, at the expense of Liverpool - as well as Madrid teammate Marcelo. Ronaldo, meanwhile, was snubbed by UEFA in the Player of the Year award as Modric beat him and Salah to take the trophy.

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World Cup winners France are well represented with Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe all on the list.

His effect on Liverpool's defence should not be underestimated; he has improved their distribution from the back as well as their defensive solidity, helping the Reds reach the Champions League final. This time around, there was no place for Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexis Sanchez also missed the cut.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi returns, having been selected in the final XI last season, after winning the league and cup double in Spain.

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Former Barcelona star Andres Iniesta is on the list for the 12th consecutive year.

Paul Pogba, N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard are among the names included in the 15-man midfield shortlist for a spot in FIFPro's World XI.

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