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Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, N'Golo Kante: FIFA reveal their World XI for 2021

The FIFA FIFPRO Men's Globe 11 is football's most prestigious 'Team of the Year' award, and the 'Class of 2021' was been announced to the world.

While The Finest FIFA Football Awards officially began in 2016, football's global governing body has been selecting the best team in the world since the dizzying days of 2005.

Because of the prize's duration, Paolo Maldini, Zinedine Zidane, and Andriy Shevchenko all appeared on the first team sheet, although Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were absent.

As a result, it was arguably one of the more intriguing awards presented at FIFA's awards gala in Switzerland on Monday evening.

Furthermore, while only one of Robert Lewandowski, Mohamed Salah, or Lionel Messi could win the overall male prize, every spot in the World XI was up for grabs.

Who were the people who were nominated?

So, before we look at FIFA's male nominations for the 2021/22 squad, let's have a look at the footballers who were nominated in the first place, because there were no fewer than 23 world-class stars in the mix.

The following was the original shortlist of male players for the lineup:

Goalkeepers: Alisson Becker (Liverpool), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris Saint-Germain) and Edouard Mendy (Chelsea)

Real Madrid's David Alaba, Barcelona's Jordi Alba, Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold, Barcelona's Dani Alves, Juventus' Leonardo Bonucci, and Real Madrid's Ruben Dias (Manchester City) are among the defenders

Barcelona's Sergio Busquets, Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes, Barcelona's Frenkie de Jong, Chelsea's Jorginho, and N'Golo Kante are among the midfielders (Chelsea)

Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Lionel Messi ( (Paris Saint-Germain)

FIFA has announced their World XI for the year 2021.

Isn't that what competition is all about? So, with Messi vs. Ronaldo, De Bruyne vs. Fernandes, and Haaland vs. Mbappe among the many disagreements among the nominees, who got the nod?

Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to be wowed by the 2021 FIFA FIFPRO Men's World 11 in all its grandeur, which you can see below:

That's a team that could take a lot of punishment.

The final XI clocks in with a weird 3-3-4 shape that permits some of the world's most star-studded goal scorers to take their spot on the pitch, indicating that the voters obviously swung for the fences.

The starting lineup, however, was not without controversy, as Donnarumma was chosen over Mendy despite the fact that the Chelsea goalkeeper had won the top goalkeeping award.

There was also a bitter reminder for those that Salah hadn't been nominated in the first place, while Benzema's absence will likely generate criticism, considering his flawless 2021 season.

When the line-up is decided by the players themselves, though, there is only so much you can dispute about. Only kidding, football would be incomplete without friendly disagreement, so let's get started!

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