The dust has not settled in the World of football after FIFA awards ceremony held in London on Monday night. We all know the winners for best male and female footballers as well as the Coaches. However, what is making the headlines is entirely something different. The issue is who made the 2018 FIFPro World XI. It is still a debate because pundits and fans feel some players did not deserve to be named in the team. Take a look at the shocking FIFPro World XI released by FIFA.
David De Gea- Man United/Spain
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 24, 2018
Manchester United goalkeeper has finally been recognized outside the Premier League. The Spaniard lifted the Golden Gloves in 2017/18 season after missing it for several seasons. He did not have a great World Cup with Spain but none of his teammates either. He was named number one goalkeeper in FIFPro World XI. However, the fact that Real Madrid, ex-Chelsea and Belgium shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois was named 2018 World Goalkeeper of the Year, makes the federation results look suspect and confusing.
Dani Alves- PSG/Brazil
Dani Alves has enjoyed a great career since his days at Sevilla, Barcelona, Juventus and now PSG. He has won everything available in the game especially in the club level. He was the best in the right-back position during his peak years. However, in 2018, he does not deserve to be in the FIFPro World XI for obvious reasons. The Brazilian did not have a wonderful season by his standards in 2017/18. The likes of Kyle Walker, Dani Carvajal, and Thomas Meunier will feel justice was not done in FIFA seletion.
Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane & Marcelo- Real Madrid
Don't know if Sergio Ramos gets enough plaudits but he has been named in the FIFPro 11 on 9 occasions.
Only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, both 12, have more appearances. pic.twitter.com/lWN17CLgWl
— Portuguese~Maniche (@Maniche4) September 25, 2018
The rest of defensive positions were taken by Real Madrid trio Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Marcelo. All deserved to be in FIFPro World XI after helping the Los Blancos lift the third consecutive UEFA Champions League crown in 2017/18 season. Varane also lifted FIFA World Cup 2018 with France. Marcelo helped the Samba boys reach the quarterfinals in the same tournament.
Hazard & Kante- Chelsea/Belgium & France
Hazard and Kante following in Drogba’s footsteps.
Both named in the FIFA PRO XI. pic.twitter.com/YLvdlv7br4
— Ayden (@AddictedToCFC) September 24, 2018
N’Golo Kante once again fully deserved to be named in 2018 FIFPro World XI. He had a decent season with Chelsea and a successful World Cup campaign with France. He always delivers when needed and Didier Deschamps knows how important he is to his team.
Eden Hazard did not enjoy a great season with the London Blues but he was unplayable in Russia 2018 World Cup. He completed 40 dribbles which was the highest by any player in the tournament. He scored 3 goals and assisted 4 more to help Belgium finish third to take home the Bronze medal. For that reason, he deserves to be named in 2018 FIFPro World XI. However, some people might ask whether he deserved more than Mohamed Salah or even Kevin De Bruyne.
Luka Modric- Real Madrid/Croatia
Dedicated to everyone who loves football ⚽️❤️ pic.twitter.com/pCAs2Llc7i
— Luka Modrić (@lukamodric10) September 24, 2018
FIFA 2018 ‘The Best’ World Male Player of the Year award goes to Luka Modric. The Croatian Captain received the award in an event held in London on Monday night. The former Tottenham Hotspurs midfielder was also named in 2018 FIFPro World XI. He helped Real Madrid lift their third consecutive UEFA Champions League crown.
In the summer, when Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo failed to inspire their countries past the last 16 in Russia World Cup, Modric pushed his nation all the way to the final. They lost to France but it was a beautiful story. He achieved more than his challengers and so he deserves it.