The list of players nominated for the FIFA FIFPRO Men’s World 11 2023 has been disclosed, revealing the contenders for the best eleven of the year.
Goalkeepers vying for the spot include Thibaut Courtois from Real Madrid and Belgium, Ederson from Manchester City and Brazil, and Emiliano Martinez from Aston Villa and Argentina.
Some of the defenders announced as nominees are Ruben Dias from Manchester City and Portugal, Virgil van Dijk from Liverpool and Netherlands, Eder Militao and Antonio Rudiger both from Real Madrid and Brazil and Germany respectively. Also, John Stones and Kyle Walker both from Manchester City, England.
For the midfielders, the contenders include Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund/Real Madrid and England, Kevin De Bruyne from Manchester City and Belgium, Ilkay Gundogan from Manchester City/Barcelona and Germany. Luka Modric from Real Madrid and Croatia, Rodri from Manchester City and Spain, Bernardo Silva from Manchester City and Portugal, and Federico Valverde from Real Madrid and Uruguay.
The attackers in contention are Karim Benzema from Real Madrid/Al-Ittihad and France, Erling Haaland from Manchester City and Norway, Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur/Bayern Munich and England. Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi both from Paris Saint-Germain and France and Argentina respectively, Cristiano Ronaldo from Al-Nassr and Portugal, and Vinicius Jr from Real Madrid and Brazil.
This list recognises the spectacular performances and contributions these players have made to the football world over the past few months. The winners will be determined by the votes of their professional peers. Who will make it to the grand eleven will be watched keenly by sports enthusiasts across the globe.