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The 2019 FIFA FIFPro Men’s and Women’s Players of the Year were announced at a gala celebration held at the Teatro all Scala in Milan on Monday evening.
Lionel Messi beat off competition from Virgil Van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo to win the individual award.
Meanwhile, no Chelsea player made the cut for the FIFA FIFPro Best 11 which was selected from shortlists of 55 players announced earlier this month.
N’Golo Kante made the initial shortlist alongside former Blue Eden Hazard, but Kante didn’t make the eventual 11-man squad.
Hazard and Kante were members of the 2017-2018 World 11, but this time the duo were in contention with each other for one spot, and it was the Belgian player who won this time, with 1,000 more votes than his French counterpart.
In a 4-3-3 formation, this is Fifpro World 11.
Goalkeeper: Alisson Bekker (Liverpool)
Defence: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax now Real Madrid), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Marcelo (Real Madrid)
Midfield: Frenkie de Jong (then Ajax, now Barcelona), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Eden Hazard (then Chelsea, now Real Madrid)
Attack: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Kylian Mbappé (PSG)