The FIFPro World XI has been announced and many people are not happy with the lineup, saying it’s the worst ever. But the criticisms did not stop Kylian Mbappe from making history as one of the youngest to be named in the FIFPro list since its inception in 2005. Let us take a look at the top 4 youngest players to ever be named in a FIFPro World XI.
4. Sergio Ramos (22 years old in 2008)
Back in 2008, Sergio Ramos was just 22 years old and received many awards under his name. The Spanish defender was named as a member of the 2008 FIFA FIFPro World XI. He was named in both FIFA and UEFA’s 2008 Team of the Year.
3. Paul Pogba (22 years old in 2015)
Just three days after being named in UEFA’s 2015 Team of the Year, Paul Pogba was also included in the FIFA FIFPro World XI. At that time, the French midfielder was aged 22, becoming the third youngest to ever make a FIFPro World list.
2. Lionel Messi (20 years old in 2007)
Leo Messi started getting the World’s attention at a very young age. As a teenager, Messi was on fire, winning major trophies with Barcelona alongside great players like Etto’o and Ronaldinho. At the age of 20, in 2007, Leo Messi was named in the FIFPro World XI. The record stood until 2018 when a French youngster broke it.
1. Kylian Mbappe (19 years old in 2018)
Kylian Mbappe has become the first teenager ever to be picked in the team since its inception in 2005. The 19-year-old had a fantastic year, helping France win the World Cup since 1998, and winning major trophies with PSG in Ligue 1. Mbappe has broken many records, including Messi’s and Brazilian legend Pele’s.