FIFPRO World XI for 2022 Revealed With Messi, Ronaldo and Mbappe Named on the Shortlist

FIFPRO World XI for 2022 Revealed With Messi, Ronaldo and Mbappe Named on the Shortlist

Chukwu Ikechukwu
February 14, 2023 at 8:15 AM
  • Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have both been named on the shortlist for this year's FIFPRO World Eleven
  • 2022 Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema also made the shortlist alongside Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland
  • The annual list names the nominees recognised as the world’s best eleven players in a calendar year by FIFA

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will again headline the shortlist for the 2022 FIFPRO World XI, with both superstars making the list of nominees.

Both superstars have been named in the world eleven list since 2007 and their latest nomination represents the 15th occasion they have been named among the world's best players.

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, FIFA, FIFPRO, Paris Saint-Germain
Lionel Messi has been named in the FIFPRO World XI for 15 consecutive years. Photo credit: Modap.
Source: Twitter

According to 90MIN, Messi is widely regarded as the favorite to win the Ballon d'Or this year, having put in all-time great performances for Argentina on their road to World Cup triumph in Qatar.

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe, Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and 2022 Ballon d’Or winner, Karim Benzema also made the FIFPRO XI shortlist.

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Neymar Junior, Robert Lewandowski, Jude Bellingham, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Gavi and Pedri are also some of the superstars shortlisted for this year's best XI.

Vinicius excluded from World XI

Meanwhile, Real Madrid forward, Vinicius Junior did not make the 2022 FIFPRO World XI shortlist despite an outstanding season for the Spanish giants, The Sun reports.

The Brazilian played an integral role for his club last season, as Los Blancos cruised to the Spanish Super Cup, the UEFA Champions League and the La Liga titles.

Vinicius was also named in Brazil’s squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, where the five-time champions were eliminated in the quarter-finals.

Mbappe, Messi return to training

Sports Brief also reported on Mbappe and Messi giving Paris Saint-Germain a major injury boost ahead of the first leg of their UCL round-of-16 clash with Bayern Munich.

The Frenchman, who is the competition's joint top scorer, sustained an injury earlier this month and was a doubt for the all-important showdown on Tuesday.

But it appears Mbappe has miraculously recovered just in time for the tie, boosting the chances of the Parisians, who are winless in their last two games.

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