Three top players who featured in the 2015 team have been thrown out of the 2016 FIFA world 11, Goal.com leaked information reveals.
Paul Pogba, Neymar and Gianluigi Buffon are all absent from the 2016 FIFA FIFPro World 11, Goal can confirm.
Manchester United star Pogba became the most expensive footballer in history last summer following his €100 million transfer from Juventus, but Goal’s sources in Switzerland have learned that he missed out on the XI by just two votes.
Pogba’s ex-Juve team-mate Buffon enjoyed a brilliant 2016 but also just failed to make the XI as he was voted the second-best goalkeeper on the planet by his peers.
Neymar won a domestic double with Barcelona and claimed a gold medal at the Olympic Games with Brazil, but three other forwards finished above him in the poll.
The 2016 FIFA FIFPro World 11 will be revealed in full at The Best FIFA Football Awards in Zurich on Monday evening – the ceremony at which Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to be named FIFA World Player of the Year.
Last year’s team was: Manuel Neuer; Dani Alves, Sergio Ramos, Thiago Silva, Marcelo; Paul Pogba, Luka Modric, Andres Iniesta; Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar.