A number of Manchester City fans have been left fuming after FIFA announced their 23 nominees for the Men’s FIFPRO World XI.
FIFAPRO and FIFA asked professional footballers across the globe to vote for the World 11, basing their votes on the 2020/21 season. They requested that three players were picked for each position, choosing from a selection of goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, and forwards. FIFAPRO then trimmed the shortlist from 55 to 23 players in attempt to reflect a real-life squad.
Goalkeepers: Alisson Becker, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Edouard Mendy
Defenders: David Alaba, Jordi Alba, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dani Alves, Leonardo Bonucci, Ruben Dias
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Kevin De Bruyne, Bruno Fernandes, Frenkie de Jong, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante
Forwards: Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo, Erling Haaland, Robert Lewandowski, Romelu Lukaku, Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi, Neymar
These Man City fans are fuming
City Xtra shared the squad on Twitter, informing supporters that Manchester City duo Ruben Dias and Kevin De Bruyne had made the final 23.
However many fans were fuming due to some quite notable omissions from Pep Guardiola’s squad, despite them romping to the Premier League title.
João Cancelo was frequently mentioned due to his electric Premier League form this season, as he currently leads the City squad in interceptions averaging 2.1 per game. Ederson was also left out, even though he kept 19 top-flight clean sheets last term, more than both Mendy and Alisson (premierleague.com).
Here’s how these City fans responded to the “disgusting” selection:
“Surely Walker/Cancelo deserve to be in this”
“This is a disgusting joke”
“Trent but no Cancelo ? Alisson but no Ederson ? Busquets but no Gundo ? What are they on”
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