Here are the top five exclusions from the FIFPRO nominees list.
FIFA have released names of 55 nominees for the FIFPRO World XI shortlist.
The performances over the last year will be assessed by the football confederation and the decision will be taken based on that aspect. Some stars including Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have found their name on the sheet once again. They have enjoyed unparalleled success over the last few years, which has increased their fanbase.
There were many undeserving nominees in that list and several objectionable calls have left the fans in commotion. It’s mainly down to the player being qualified for this place after a worthy season individually.
We shall look at the five shocking exclusions from the FIFPRO nominees.
#5 Fabinho (Liverpool):
Fabinho Tavares is the linchpin in Liverpool’s midfield. The Brazilian adds so much steel with his physicality and has a brilliant passing range to back up his extraordinary traits.
Above and beyond to the likes of Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, and James Milner, Fabinho makes the game tick with his crisp passing and picks out forwards with his delightful deliveries. Besides his passing, the former Monaco midfielder also has a wide range of variety in him with timely tackles, winning aerial duels, and possessing a threat through the set pieces.
He can break down the opponent’s counter-attack and initiate his team’s counter-attack by winning back the ball in the middle of the park. The defensive midfielder did not have the greatest of the games in the Champions League final against Spurs, but he is one of the main reasons for mustering third-most highest points tally in the Premier League, helping the club on a longer run. Unlike the CL final, Liverpool midfielder showcased his brilliance against Chelsea in the Super Cup.
The inclusion of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Arturo Vidal, Casemiro, Paul Pogba, and Ivan Rakitic over Fabinho is a bizarre move by the FIFA.