Mohamed Salah, Harry Kane, Sadio Mane And Cristiano Ronaldo Among Forwards Shortlisted For Spot In FIFPro World XI… But Gareth Bale And Alexis Sanchez Miss Out

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named on the shortlist for FifPro’s World XI for the 14th consecutive year.

The Juventus attacker, who was first shortlisted 2005, is joined by longtime rival Lionel Messi and Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar Jr.

The trio were named in the three available attacking slots in the 2017 FifPro World XI and will be aiming to retain their spots when the team is announced at the awards ceremony in London on September 24.

They are joined by 12 other names on the shortlist, including World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe and Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku.

Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane make their debuts on the shortlist, although team-mate Roberto Firmino misses out.

World Cup Golden Boot winner Harry Kane is also listed.

Lionel Messi was named in the final FifPro World XI team in 2017 and will want to retain his spot

Cristiano Ronaldo has made the FifPro World XI shortlist for a 14th consecutive year

Sadio Mane is on the shortlist for the first timeTeam-mate Mohamed Salah is also enjoying a first-ever nomination

He one of three England players to be nominated, alongside right-backs Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker.

Gareth Bale, Alexis Sanchez, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus are among the notable absentees from the 15-man list.

Bale, Sanchez and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were all dropped from the list this year.

Having been included in 2017, they did not receive enough votes this year.

For Ibrahimovic, this marks the first time in 11 years he has not been on the shortlist.

Ronaldo shares the 14-year record with keeper Gianluigi Buffon, who is also on this year’s list.

Mario Mandzukic returns to the list after appearing once before in 2013.

The Croat scored in the World Cup final in July, as his team were beaten 4-2 by France.

He is one of four Croatians on the wider list, alongside midfield duo Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric and right-back Sime Vrsjalko.

FIFPRO  WORLD XI FORWARD NOMINEES

Karim Benzema – France, Real Madrid

Edinson Cavani – Uruguay, Paris Saint-Germain

Paulo Dybala – Juventus, Argentina

Antoine Griezmann – France, Atletico Madrid

Harry Kane – England, Tottenham

Robert Lewandowski – Poland, Bayern Munich

Romelu Lukaku – Belgium, Manchester United

Mario Mandzukic – Croatia, Juventus

Sadio Mane – Senegal, Liverpool

Kylian Mbappe – France, Paris Saint-Germain

Lionel Messi – Argentina, FC Barcelona

Neymar Junior – Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain

Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal, Real Madrid/Juventus

Mohamed Salah – Egypt, Liverpool

Luis Suarez – Uruguay, Barcelona

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