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FIFA World XI squad revealed: Ronaldo, Messi, Mbappe make the cut, Mo Salah shunned

Mohamed Salah

The 2021 FIFA World XI nominees have been introduced, with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo headlining the star-studded shortlist. The winners will be announced on 17th January 2022.

All the expected players have made it to the FIFA World XI list including Neymar, Mbappe, and Lukaku. But fans around the world are stunned as there is no Mohamed Salah in that list, a player who has been exceptional throughout the calendar year. Salah’s contribution to Liverpool and Egypt has been immensely productive but still, he failed to make the cut into the FIFA World XI 23 man squad. His goal-scoring tally and his performances for Liverpool have been top-notch but all of it was overlooked by the nomination process. The list also doesn’t include the likes of Muller and Kimmich who have majorly contributed to Bayern Munich’s success. Many are opposing the inclusion of Dani Alves and Sergio Busquets whose performance hasn’t been at par compared to the other players in the list.

Mohamed Salah

So let us have a look at the FIFA WORLD XI ’23 man squad’:


Alisson Becker (Liverpool FC/Brazil)
Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris Saint-Germain/Italy)
Eduardo Mendy (Chelsea FC/Senegal)


David Alaba (Bayern Munich/Real Madrid/Austria)
Jordi Alba (FC Barcelona/Spain)
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool FC/England)
Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus FC/Italy)
Dani Alves (Sao Paulo/Brazil)
Ruben Dias (Manchester City/Portugal)

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Sergio Busquets (FC Barcelona/Spain)
Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United/Portugal)
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City/Belgium)
Frenkie de Jong (FC Barcelona/Netherlands)
Jorginho (Chelsea FC/Italy)
N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea FC/France)


Karim Benzema (Real Madrid/France)
Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund/Norway)
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich/Poland)
Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan/Chelsea FC/Belgium)
Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain/France)
Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain/FC Barcelona/Argentina)
Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain/brazil)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United/Juventus FC/Portugal)


The required criteria for the 2021 Men’s World XI:

Stats recorded from 8th October 2020 to 7th August 2021 and must have 35+ official matches for club and country. 

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