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2020-2021 FIFA FIFPRO Men’s World 11: Facts and Figures

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FIFPRO, together with FIFA, announced the 2020/2021 FIFA FIFPRO Men's World 11 this Monday. Below, we present some interesting facts and figures about this special team.
  • This is the 17th Men’s World 11. FIFPRO launched the award in 2005. In 2009 FIFPRO started its World 11 collaboration with FIFA.
  • A total of 18,947 professional men’s footballers in 69 countries participated in the vote.
  • They picked the three players who in their opinion where the most outstanding players during the 2020/2021 season in the following positions: goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and forwards.
  • The goalkeeper, the three defenders, three midfielders and three forwards who received the most votes were selected for the World 11. The remaining spot was assigned to the outfield player with the next highest number of votes.
  • FIFPRO received most votes from Japan, followed by Chile and Ukraine.
  • Gianluigi Donnarumma received the most votes of all players: 11,955. Kevin De Bruyne came in second and Lionel Messi finished third. They were the only players to receive more than 10,000 votes.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are in the World 11 for the 15th consecutive time. They share the record of most World 11 awards.
  • Third on the all-time list is Sergio Ramos (11 awards); he is not in the World 11 for the first time since 2010.
  • Donnarumma, David Alaba, Ruben Dias, Erling Haaland and Jorginho are in the World 11 for the first time.
  • Leonardo Bonucci, Kevin De Bruyne, Ngolo Kanté and Robert Lewandowski all received their second World 11 award.
  • Alaba is the first Austrian player to break into the World 11.
  • Haaland is the first Norwegian player in the World 11, and the first Borussia Dortmund player.
  • Ruben Dias is only the second Portuguese player to receive a World 11 award, after Cristiano Ronaldo.
  • This is the first World 11 without a Brazilian player. Brazil holds the record for most players with a World 11 award: 12. Spain is second with 11. France is third (10) and Italy fourth (9).
  • This is the first World 11 without a Spanish player since 2007. Spanish players hold the record of most World 11 awards with 45. Brazil is second with 32.
  • Donnarumma is the first AC Milan player to get the World 11 award after Kaká in 2008. The Italian club is sixth on the list of clubs with most awards with a total of 11 trophies. Barcelona is first on that list with 52. Donnarumma currently plays at Paris Saint-Germain, but last season played for AC Milan.
  • Ten of the 11 players are from Europe, which is a record. Messi is the only non-European player in the World 11.
  • Bruno Fernandes was the player who most narrowly missed out on a place in the World 11. He was fourth among the midfielders, 306 votes short of Jorginho.
  • Haaland was fourth among the forwards, however he still made the team as the outfield player with the next-highest amount of votes.
  • The 2019/2020 FIFA FIFPRO Men’s World 11 included Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alphonso Davies, Virgil van Dijk, Sergio Ramos, Thiago Alcántara, Kevin De Bruyne, Joshua Kimmich, Robert Lewandowski, Lionel Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo