Recognition by your peers is something that delivers an extra special feeling. That is perhaps what makes being part of the FIFA FIFPro World11 the dream of every football player. This year's remarkable ‘Dream Team’ is the result of more than 24,000 professional players across the world voting for their own colleagues in each position.
The incredible 11 announced as a result of the worldwide vote will almost certainly never be seen playing together on any football pitch, but the fantasy of every fan - and perhaps every player - makes for an intriguing discussion across the footballing world.
The 55 nominees for the FIFA FIFPRO World XI 2017 are: (home country/club)
Gianluigi Buffon (ITA/Juventus), David De Gea (ESP/Manchester United), Keylor Navas (CRC/Real Madrid), Manuel Neuer (GER/Bayern Munich), Jan Oblak (SVN/Atletico Madrid)
David Alaba (AUT/Bayern Munich), Jordi Alba (ESP/FC Barcelona), Dani Alves (BRA/Juventus/Paris Saint-Germain), Jerome Boateng (GER/Bayern Munich), Leonardo Bonucci (ITA/Juventus/AC Milan), Dani Carvajal (ESP/Real Madrid), Giorgio Chiellini (ITA/Juventus), Diego Godin (URU/Atletico Madrid), Mats Hummels (GER/Bayern Munich), Philipp Lahm (GER/Bayern Munich), David Luiz (BRA/Chelsea), Marcelo (BRA/Real Madrid), Javier Mascherano (ARG/Barcelona), Pepe (POR/Real Madrid/Besiktas), Gerard Pique (ESP/FC Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (ESP/Real Madrid), Thiago Silva (BRA/Paris Saint-Germain), Samuel Umtiti (FRA/FC Barcelona), Antonio Valencia (ECU/Manchester United), Raphael Varane (FRA/Real Madrid)
Thiago Alcantara (ESP/Bayern Munich), Sergio Busquets (ESP/FC Barcelona), Casemiro (BRA/Real Madrid), Philippe Coutinho (BRA/Liverpool), Eden Hazard (BEL/Chelsea), Andres Iniesta (ESP/FC Barcelona), Isco (ESP/Real Madrid), N’Golo Kante (FRA/Chelsea), Toni Kroos (GER/Real Madrid), Nemanja Matic (SRB/Chelsea/Manchester United), Luka Modric (CRO/Real Madrid), Mesut Ozil (GER/Arsenal), Paul Pogba (FRA/Manchester United), Marco Verratti (ITA/Paris Saint-Germain), Arturo Vidal (CHI/Bayern Munich)
Gareth Bale (WAL/Real Madrid), Karim Benzema (FRA/Real Madrid), Edinson Cavani (URU/Paris Saint-Germain), Cristiano Ronaldo (POR/Real Madrid), Paulo Dybala (ARG/Juventus), Antoine Griezmann (FRA/Atletico Madrid), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (SWE/Manchester United), Harry Kane (ENG/Tottenham Hotspur), Robert Lewandowski (POL/Bayern Munich), Romelu Lukaku (BEL/Everton/Manchester United), Kylian Mbappe (FRA/Monaco/Paris Saint-Germain), Lionel Messi (ARG/FC Barcelona), Neymar (BRA/FC Barcelona/Paris Saint-Germain), Alexis Sanchez (CHI/Arsenal), Luis Suarez (URU/FC Barcelona)
Origins of the World XI
The origins of the current guise of the ‘dream team’ began in 2009, when FIFA and FIFPro joined forces to honour the best 11 players of the year with the FIFA/FIFPro World11 award, which was presented for the first time at the 2009 FIFA World Player Gala. This came after FIFPro had organised its own World11 player award from 2005 to 2008, using the same selection system.
The FIFA FIFPro World11 for 2017 will be announced at The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony in London on 23 October.