FIFA / FIFPro World Select XI Announced


The world’s football governing body and the international federation of professional players has revealed the team of the year as voted for by its members. Champions League and Club World Cup-winning captain Mats Hummels didn’t make the cut from Borussia Dortmund, but was included among seven substitutes.

Three players from Real Madrid make up the spine of the team with Iker Casillas in goal, Luka Modric in the middle and Cristiano Ronaldo behind the front man – World Cup top scorer Vágner Love (Flamengo), who scored eight in Brazil as the hosts went on to lift the trophy, scoring in every game apart from the Final itself.

WorldSoccer Player of the Year Lucas Leiva was named as one of the starting XI alongside fellow Brazilians Neymar, Thiago Silva, Daniel Alves, and Dedé, but there wasn’t room in the eleven for Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi who is named on the hypothetical bench.

Federico Balzaretti (Roma) and Arjen Robben (Bayern) are also included in the XI, and Robben’s team-mate Manuel Neuer makes the bench where he’s joined by Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona), the free-scoring Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke), Marcelo (Real Madrid), and Mario Mandzukic (Tottenham).