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IFFHS Announce 2017 World XI

International Federation of Football History & Statistics Announce 2017 World XI

By David Kappel - Dec 14, 2017 07:16 PM @kappilinho

The IFFHS, which recently crowned Lionel Messi as the world's best playmaker, have announced their 2017 World Team of the Year, which features only one FC Barcelona star.

Click through the gallery above to see the IFFHS' 2017 World XI.

The Germany-based International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) have announced their first ever World XI following a vote from 91 members around the world.

IFFHS' version of the world's best XI in 2017 differs in only one position from FIFA's official World XI, which was announced on 23 October – Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne replaced FC Barcelona's Andres Iniesta in the attacking midfield position.

UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid have the most representatives with five players, namely: Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Paris Saint-Germain follow with two of their stars, Dani Alves and Neymar, while Messi is the only Barcelona man in the selection. De Bruyne, AC Milan's Leonardo Bonucci and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon complete the XI.

Read: Messi Named World's Best Playmaker In 2017, CR7 Not In Top 10

Zinedine Zidane, who was named IFFHS World Club Coach of the Year, was selected as coach of the World XI, beating Germany's Joachim Low to first place.

Do you think the players listed above were the strongest performers in 2017? Have your say in the comments section below.


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blackmeteor Joined: 15 Nov 2017
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blackmeteor Dec 15, 2017 03:36 PM
@Myaka weliPhefeni Of the three you mention, Salah is the only one that can get close.............BUT IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO KNOW HOW MANY OF THE 91 MEMBERS ARE AFRICAN............
Pirates_999 Joined: 08 Nov 2017
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Pirates_999 Dec 15, 2017 09:42 AM
Best team indeed
nazzi the second Joined: 23 Oct 2017
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nazzi the second Dec 15, 2017 09:31 AM
jeez south africans are such brats, do you seriously think Mane and Salah were better than the three forwards chosen in the whole of 2017? everybody who knows football knows that those are the top 3 forwards in the world,
lucky555 Joined: 12 Jun 2015
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lucky555 Dec 15, 2017 08:30 AM
come on guys there's no racism here those stats are from 2016/2017 those guys are doing well for 2017/2018 season
Myaka weliPhefeni Joined: 14 Jul 2016
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Myaka weliPhefeni Dec 14, 2017 10:04 PM
No Aubemeyang,M,Salah or Sadio Mane frm Africa this is racism
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S@ Velley thabane Dec 14, 2017 08:16 PM
@n M Salah
blackmeteor Joined: 15 Nov 2017
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blackmeteor Dec 14, 2017 08:11 PM
@Mandisa.M Too many egos together..........recipe for disaster.
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Mandisa.M Dec 14, 2017 07:21 PM
I so wish i could see team playing together

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