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09th Jan 2017

Fans spotted one glaring omission from the FIFA FIFPro Team of the Year


Rob Burnett

FIFA’s glitzy new award ceremony was held in Zurich tonight as the governing body handed out gongs to the great and the good.

It the inaugural year for the new “The Best” awards, which have come about after FIFA and France Football split following the six year partnership where the Ballon d’Or also served as the FIFA World Player of the Year.

Cristiano Ronaldo picked up the main award, as expected, but one of the other awards is the FIFPro World XI for the best combined team in world football.

And here it is:

In case you didn’t recognise everyone there, that’s Manuel Neuer in goal, behind Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo, with Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Andres Iniesta and a front three of Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

So no room for a single Premier League player there – but that was not the glaring omission that most fans spotted.

Instead they wondered where Antoine Griezmann was – especially given that he came third in the Ballon d’Or behind Ronaldo and Messi, and is on FIFA’s own ‘The Best’ three man shortlist, featuring the same three players.

#FIFAlogic indeed.