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Bale, Ozil & Lloris Miss out as FIFPro Reveal World XI Nominees

FIFPro world XI

Gareth Bale and Mesut Ozil were absent as FIFPro revealed their list of nominees for this year’s World XI.

Sergio Aguero and Roberto Firmino were also absent as the 55 candidates for the best team of the last year were all revealed on Monday.

Bale, 29, helped Real Madrid win a third consecutive Champions League crown, scoring twice in the final against Liverpool in May.


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However, the Wales star missed out on making the candidates list alongside Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who captained France to World Cup glory.


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Bale was also not included on the shortlist for UEFA’s Goal of the Season award despite his wonderful bicycle kick against Liverpool.

FIFPRO world XI

Ozil, on the other hand, helped Arsenal reach the Carabao Cup final and also the Europa League semi-finals in 2017-18, but the playmaker was still snubbed by FIFPro.


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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero and Liverpool ace Roberto Firmino were both in fine form last season yet missed out on making the forwards category.

And England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford also missed the goalkeeper’s list despite playing a key role in helping the Three Lions reach the World Cup semi-finals.


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The team is voted for by over 25,000 professional footballers from 65 countries around the world, with the full side set to be revealed at FIFA’s The Best Awards night on September 24, with the formation listed as 4-3-3.

Full list:

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus, PSG, Italy) Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea, Real Madrid, Belgium), David De Gea (Man Utd, Spain), Keylor Navas (Real Madrid, Costa Rica), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona, Germany).

Defenders: Jordi Alba (Barcelona, Spain), Dani Alves (PSG, Brazil), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid, Spain), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus, Italy), Virgil van Dijk (Southampton, Liverpool, Netherlands), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid, Uruguay), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich, Germany), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich, Germany), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool, Croatia), Marcelo (Real Madrid, Brazil), Yerry Mina (Barcelona, Everton, Colombia), Benjamin Pavard (France, Stuttgart), Gerard Pique (Barcelona, Spain), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid, Spain), Thiago Silva (PSG, Brazil), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham, England), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona, France), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid, France), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid, Inter, Croatia), Kyle Walker (Man City, England).

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona, Spain), Casemiro (Real Madrid, Brazil), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool, Barcelona, Brazil), Kevin De Bruyne (Man City, Belgium), Eden Hazard (Chelsea, Belgium), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona, Vissel Kobe, Spain), Isco (Real Madrid, Spain), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea, France), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid, Germany), Nemanja Matic (Man Utd, Serbia), Luka Modric (Real Madrid, Croatia), Paul Pogba (Man Utd, France), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona, Croatia), David Silva (Man City, Spain), Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Chile).

Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid, France), Edinson Cavani (PSG, Uruguay), Paulo Dybala (Juventus, Argentina), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid, France), Harry Kane (Tottenham, England),Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich, Poland), Romelu Lukaku (Man Utd, Belgium), Mario Mandzukic (Juventus, Croatia), Sadio Mane (Liverpool, Senegal), Kylian Mbappe (PSG, France), Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina), Neymar (PSG, Brazil), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Juventus, Portugal), Mohammed Salah (Liverpool, Egypt), Luis Suarez (Barcelona, Uruguay).

BREAKING NEWS!! Mbappe, Ronaldo & Others Nominated For FIFA BEST Player Of The Year Award

BREAKING!!! Messi, Mbappe, Ronaldo & Others Nominated For FIFA BEST Player Of The Year Award

BREAKING!!! Messi, Mbappe, Ronaldo & Others Nominated For FIFA BEST Player Of The Year Award

BREAKING!!! Messi, Mbappe, Ronaldo & Others Nominated For FIFA BEST Player Of The Year Award

Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah are among the nominees for FIFA’s The Best Men’s Player of the Year award for 2018.

World Cup winners Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane join international team-mate Mbappe on the list, while Golden Boot winner in Russia Harry Kane is also included.

Salah, meanwhile, is rewarded for an incredible season at club level with Liverpool, with the 26-year-old having scored 32 goals in 36 league appearances to help the Reds finish fourth in the table.

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric also makes the final 10 as he claimed Champions League glory, the club’s third in a row, and played a pivotal role in Croatia’s run to the World Cup final.

BREAKING!!! Messi, Mbappe, Ronaldo & Others Nominated For FIFA BEST Player Of The Year Award

See The Full Nominees Below;

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid >> Juventus)

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

Antoine Griezmann (Atl Madrid)

Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Kylian Mbappe (PSG)

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Raphael Varane (Real Madrid).

Note That This List Will Eventually Be Skinned To three (3) top players.

World Cup!!! Messi Breaks Maradona’s Record In Argentina Lucky Win Over Nigeria

World Cup!!! Messi Breaks Maradona’s Record In Argentina Lucky Win Over Nigeria

World Cup!!! Messi Breaks Maradona’s Record In Argentina Lucky Win Over Nigeria

World Cup!!! Messi Breaks Maradona’s Record In Argentina Lucky Win Over Nigeria

Lionel Messi scored his first goal of the 2018 World Cup against Nigeria on Tuesday as La Albiceleste booked their place in the last 16 of the competition.

 

It was yet another landmark strike for Messi as he bagged the 100th goal of the competition in Saint Petersburg.

 

He also surpassed a Diego Maradona record during the win over Nigeria, as shown by OptaCan Tweet below:

Next up for Messi is a clash with France which will see him take on Barcelona team-mates Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembele…

Mikel Reveals what Ref told him after not giving Rojo handball - it's very interesting

Mikel Reveals what Ref told him after not giving Rojo handball – it’s very interesting

Mikel Reveals what Ref told him after not giving Rojo handball - it's very interesting

Mikel Reveals what Ref told him after not giving Rojo handball – it’s very interesting

There was more drama in the World Cup on Tuesday in Group D.

Croatia had already qualified going into the final game of the group, but who joined them in the last-16 was unclear.

Nigeria were in pole position to progress, while Iceland and Argentina both needed victories to keep their hopes alive.

The Super Eagles, however, needed to see off Lionel Messi and Argentina to progress.

The African outfit put in a spirited performance and, with Iceland losing, looked as if they would secure their spot in the knockout rounds.

But barely four minutes from time, Marcos Rojo struck home a brilliant volley with his weak foot to make it 2-1 and break Nigerian hearts.

It was a fantastic performance from Nigeria, and they may have reason to feel hard done by.

The ball appeared to strike Marcos Rojo in the box in the second half with the score level at 1-1.

After consultation with VAR, the referee, Cuneyt Cakir, waved away Nigeria’s appeals.

It was then Rojo who broke their hearts as he struck home ten minutes later.

The ball did strike Rojo’s arm, but whether it was intentional or not is up to debate.

Watch the incident here:

Regardless, Mikel has revealed what Cakir told him about the penalty decision, and it makes for very interesting reading.

Mikel said after the game: “It was a clear penalty for me.

“If you look at the Portugal game yesterday, this wasn’t close to that. This was worse. We have seen it again in the dressing room. It was a clear handball.

“The referee looked at the VAR. He said it hit the hand. I asked why he didn’t give the penalty, but he said he didn’t know.”

Very interesting.

So according to Mikel, the referee acknowledged the ball hit Rojo’s hand, but he could not offer an explanation as to why he did not award a penalty.

Mikel Reveals what Ref told him after not giving Rojo handball - it's very interesting

That does sound a bit odd.

Cakir may have more questions to answer to about the incident in the near future.

Mikel added he was proud of how his team played.

“We did everything we could,” he conceded.

“In the second half we pushed and pushed. It just wasn’t to be. It’s a young team and in four years most of them will be ready for this tournament.

“I’m very proud of the boys and what we have achieved. I think we have done really well. We have to keep going.”

{SPORT} Guardiola - Messi is the Best I Have Ever Seen

{SPORT} Guardiola – Messi is the Best I Have Ever Seen

{SPORT} Guardiola - Messi is the Best I Have Ever Seen
{SPORT} Guardiola – Messi is the Best I Have Ever Seen
Pep Guardiola has described Lionel Messi as “the best player I have ever seen”, with the Barcelona star making the game look “simple”.
The now Manchester City manager spent four years working with the mercurial Argentine at Camp Nou between 2008 and 2012.
They collected an enviable haul of major honours together, with Guardiola the tactical mastermind and Messi the on-field inspiration.
In spite of those successes, and many more which have followed, the debate lingers on regarding who is the finest player on the planet, with Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo part of any discussion.
Guardiola, though, is no doubt as to who he prefers, telling L’Esportiu on Messi: “He is the best player I have ever seen.

“The best thing about him is not what he does but how simple he makes everything look.

“He is not just the best player because he can dribble past three or four players, it is because he does it better than anyone in the world.”
Guardiola has also had his say on the end of another productive era at Camp Nou, with Luis Enrique having vacated Barca’s managerial post after three years at the helm.
His final campaign saw Real wrestle the Liga title away from Catalonia, while also claiming the Champions League crown, but Guardiola believes Enrique has left solid foundations in place for successor Ernesto Valverde to build on.
He added: “I see Barca a lot better than how they see it in Barcelona.

“Luis Enrique’s work has been excellent. With him, when they were playing well, they were almost unbeatable.
“They have played very good football, while Messi is still doing it, and I do not think that the players who have signed are bad players.”