In the 2020 FIFA FIFPro Men’s World XI attack, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski were selected, but after the final vote, Manuel Neuer missed out.
Messi, Ronaldo and Lewandowski were all finalists for the Best FIFA Men’s Player Title, so on Thursday night, they were suddenly included in the FIFPro Men’s World XI in Zurich.
At Camp Nou, Barcelona’s captain enjoyed another excellent individual season, while his long-time rival helped Juve win a ninth consecutive Serie A crown and the star striker of Bayern Munich inspired Hansi Flick’s side to glory in the Bundesliga, Champions League and DFB Cup.
Liverpool No.1 Alisson favoured Manuel Neuer in goal, with the Brazilian having played a key role in the Merseyside outfit’s run to a first league title in 30 years, the chief shock elsewhere in the squad.
Neuer, who captained Bayern to the treble, was previously named the Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper, beating Jan Oblak, shot-stopper of Alisson and Atletico Madrid, for the honor.
“Of course, it’s one of the best years of my career. We were so confident with our team and it’s amazing what we did this year, 2020, especially in the summer when we played [in the Champions League] in Lisbon together.
Alisson was joined by Liverpool team-mates Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Thiago Alcantara in a team voted for by the players.
Thiago, who was represented by Alphonso Davies and Joshua Kimmich as well as Lewandowski, spent much of the year with Bayern.
The line-up was completed by Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos and Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, with the former helping the Blancos secure a record-extending 34th La Liga title and the latter contributing his silverware haul to a third consecutive Carabao Cup winners’ medal.
FIFA FIFPro Men’s World XI: Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Sergio Ramos, Alphonso Davies; Joshua Kimmich, Kevin De Bruyne, Thiago Alcantara; Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski, Cristiano Ronaldo.