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Ghanaian players fail to make World XI shortlist

Published on: 02 December 2011

By Ameenu Shardow

No Ghanaian player was named in the 55-man shortlist for the Fifa Fifpro World XI for 2010.

The Ivorian duo of Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure joined Cameroon star Samuel Eto’o as the only Africans on the list.

Ghana’s big performers in the year under review per the Caf African Player of the Year nominations; Andre Ayew, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Asamoah Gyan were conspicuously missing from the list.

World champions Spain are the most well represented country with 12 players, ahead of Brazil, which has eight.

Brazil star Neymar, of Santos, is the only player on the list who plays his club football outside Europe.

The 50,000 professional players registered with FIFPro-affiliated unions who will vote for the team must select an XI in a 4-3-3 formation.

Five players in the shortlist were named in the FIFPro World XI in 2009 and 2010: Iker Casillas and Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid, and Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi of Barcelona.

Players shortlisted for FIFA FIFPro World XI

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (ITA/Juventus), Iker Casillas (ESP/Real Madrid), Manuel Neuer (GER/Bayern Munich), Victor Valdes (ESP/Barcelona), Edwin van der Sar (NED/Manchester United until May 2011, now retired)

Defenders: Eric Abidal (FRA/Barcelona), Daniel Alves (BRA/Barcelona), Ricardo Carvalho (POR/Real Madrid), Ashley Cole (ENG/Chelsea), Patrice Evra (FRA/Manchester United), Rio Ferdinand (ENG/Manchester United), Vincent Kompany (BEL/Manchester City), Philipp Lahm (GER/Bayern Munich), Lucio (BRA/Inter Milan), David Luiz (BRA/Chelsea), Maicon (BRA/Inter Milan), Marcelo (BRA/Real Madrid), Alessandro Nesta (ITA/AC Milan), Pepe (POR/Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (ESP/Barcelona), Carles Puyol (ESP/Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (ESP/Real Madrid), Thiago Silva (BRA/AC Milan), John Terry (ENG/Chelsea), Nemanja Vidic (SRB/Manchester United)

Midfielders: Xabi Alonso (ESP/Real Madrid), Gareth Bale (WAL/Tottenham), Sergio Busquets (ESP/Barcelona), Cesc Fabregas (ESP/Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (ESP/Barcelona), Kaka (BRA/Real Madrid), Frank Lampard (ENG/Chelsea), Nani (POR/Manchester United), Mesut Ozil (GER/Real Madrid), Andrea Pirlo (ITA/Juventus), Bastian Schweinsteiger (GER/Bayern Munich), David Silva (ESP/Manchester City), Wesley Sneijder (NED/Inter Milan), Yaya Toure (CIV/Manchester City), Xavi (ESP/Barcelona)

Forwards: Lionel Messi (ARG/Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (POR/Real Madrid), Wayne Rooney (ENG/Manchester United), David Villa (ESP/Barcelona), Samuel Eto'o (CMR/Anzhi Makhachkala), Sergio Aguero (ARG/Manchester City), Neymar (BRA/Santos), Didier Drogba (CIV/Chelsea), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (SWE/AC Milan), Luis Suarez (URU/Liverpool), Radamel Falcao (COL/Atletico Madrid), Edinson Cavani (URU/Napoli), Karim Benzema (FRA/Real Madrid), Mario Gomez (GER/Bayern Munich), Robin van Persie (NED/Arsenal)

 

Comments

  • JNR says:
    December 02, 2011 11:11 pm
    This is not a surprise...
  • aberico says:
    December 04, 2011 09:57 am
    I agree with Troot Teller, let them have their players, and we will have our team. No matter how the players were listed, you still find some people in other countries who will also contend that, player so so and so shouldn't be there but this and that should be there. So no worries beloved country Ghana, lets hold our peace and just keep on upgrading our performance, and Im sure a time will come Ghana as a football nation will shock the world.
  • aberico says:
    December 04, 2011 09:58 am
    I agree with Troot Teller, let them have their players, and we will have our team. No matter how the players were listed, you still find some people in other countries who will also contend that, player so so and so shouldn’t be there but this and that should be there. So no worries beloved country Ghana, lets hold our peace and just keep on upgrading our performance, and Im sure a time will come Ghana as a football nation will shock the world. But hey, it got to do with hard work i must say.
  • osayGhana says:
    December 02, 2011 06:59 pm
    I don't what at all Neymar has achieved and yet, he's on the list. I just don't know what Fifa is doing. What amazes me most is that some people are already trying hard to equal him to the likes of Messi and Ronaldinho
  • osayGhana says:
    December 02, 2011 06:59 pm
    I don’t Know what at all Neymar has achieved and yet, he’s on the list. I just don’t know what Fifa is doing. What amazes me most is that some people are already trying hard to equal him to the likes of Messi and Ronaldinho**** CORRECTION
  • chaleboii says:
    December 02, 2011 07:34 pm
    why is the switch of Emmanuel Frimpong taking soo long??? this makes me have less hope for the fact that he will feature in the CAN 2012
  • kwame-Blazefame says:
    December 02, 2011 07:38 pm
    No Gh player deserves to be on list with the exception of Kwadjo Asamoah and Badu are good enough to be on the list.....somebody just got his club coach fire becuz of money greedy... lied to the coach and turn around saying the otherwise. And ppl may say he deserves to be on the list.
  • leon says:
    December 02, 2011 08:35 pm
    Kwame his name is gyan. This is no news and not suprising, but maybe Dede deserves recognition ? I don't see how all five of those shortllisted for african player of the year can't be shortlisted ??
  • osayGhana says:
    December 02, 2011 09:05 pm
    A.Ayew and J.Ayew scored today to win their match. The Ayew bothers are doing so well. The Final score line was Caen 1 - 2 Marseille. Please click on the following link to vote for Dede as BBC African Footballer of The Year. http://adf.ly/3yA3N
  • Bemol says:
    December 02, 2011 09:09 pm
    Gyan,ayew and boateng are far better than the nominated trio.
  • DADDY says:
    December 02, 2011 09:37 pm
    Ashley Cole,Rio Ferdinand,Lucio,John Terry and Didier Drogba are not suppossed to be in the list.
  • R Abbey says:
    December 02, 2011 10:20 pm
    No vote for Toure
  • Faisal says:
    December 02, 2011 10:32 pm
    You dont need to be playing only in europe to be good. Last season he won everything in south america. Arent u tired of seeing only players playing in europe on this list, come on.
  • kwame naagbewa says:
    December 03, 2011 05:40 am
    Ghanas strength is in our strong overall team play so countrymen no need to worry.
  • Collins says:
    December 03, 2011 10:55 am
    Master this is a bogos list.
  • Troot Tella says:
    December 02, 2011 03:42 pm
    3 Africans,all west africans...Out of some 30+ players. This is a non-issue. We've always relied on our team, not our players. So, let them have their players, we'll keep our TEAM.
  • Troot Tella says:
    December 02, 2011 03:44 pm
    PS....COUNTRY MAN IS INNOCENT...I CAN WAIT TO SEE YOU BACK BRO...WASH DC LOVES YOU DAWG...OGYAAAAAA!!!!!