- Thibaut Courtois:
The Belgian goalkeeper had a fantastic 2018 World Cup in Russia this year. He was ultimately declared as the ‘Best Goalkeeper’ by FIFA but yet it was surprising that David De Gea was named in the FIFPRO XI. It cannot be termed as a wrong call entirely given the fabulous performances he has been providing at Manchester United but certainly Courtois’ performances cannot be ignored. In fact, it is his performances that earned him a move to Real Madrid this summer. Also, Keylor Navas had an important role to play in Real Madrid’s success in the Champions League last season, Hugo Lloris won the World Cup with France, Marc Andre Ter Stegen was amazing with Barcelona and so was Alisson Becker with Roma. There were some good candidates for this place and it could have been either of them in place of De Gea.
- Joshua Kimmich:
It was highly surprising to see Dani Alves included in the FIFPro XI given the Brazilian missed the World Cup and played for a very limited and lesser time compared to other candidates in his position. Bayern Munich and Germany’s Joshua Kimmich had a solid season last year and even though Germany exited in the early stages in the 2018 World Cup, Kimmich had done enough to be surely considered above Alves for the position. Kimmich was amazing in the Bundesliga last season playing an important role in helping the Bavarians once again claim authority in the German league. His contribution in the attack was a delight to watch and although it wasn’t the same with the German national team in Russia, the right back had done enough to credit a place in the FIFPro XI.
- Kevin De Bruyne:
The Belgium midfielder is arguably one of the best midfielders in the world right now. His passing and creative abilities have been too good to control. He was a massive factor in helping Pep Guardiola and Manchester City win the Premier League title last season. He controlled the game from the midfield with utmost class and grace and it was a surprise that he missed out a place in the FIFPro XI. Eden Hazard definitely had a good time in the 2018 World Cup but his performances with Chelsea last season weren’t good enough to credit a place in the FIFPro XI, especially when De Bruyne had a good time both in the World Cup and the Premier League last season.
- Mohamed Salah:
Salah had an outstanding spell last season with Liverpool. He was also very influential in helping Egypt qualify for the 2018 World Cup. He scored an amazing tally of 44 goals and 16 assists last season for Liverpool in spite of playing as a right winger. He finished third in the contest for the best FIFA Men’s player. It is shocking how a player who won the most accolades in England last season, failed to make it in the FIFPro XI, especially with Eden Hazard included in the XI.