Four Real Madrid players were named in the FIFAPro World Eleven at the prestigous award ceremony held in Zurich on Monday night.
While Cristiano Ronaldo missed out to Leo Messi for the Ballon d’Or, the 30-year old forward was named in the world’s best eleven for the ninth time in his career. He was joined by team mates Sergio Ramos, Marcelo and Luka Modric.
Ronaldo netted 57 goals for club and country in 2015 and overtook both Alfredo di Stefano and Raul to become Real’s all time leading goalscorer. His inclusion in the FIFAPro Eleven means he has been picked for nine consecutive years – a joint record along with Messi.
Los Blancos captain Ramos has been picked for the sixth time in his career and is joined in defence by Brazilian left back Marcelo who appears for the second time. Luka Modric has been rewarded for a fine season on a personal level by being named for the first time.
The FIFAPro Eleven was dominated by La Liga as Barcelona also had four representatives. The Nou Camp side, who won the treble last season, had Leo Messi, Neymar, Andres Iniesta and Dani Alves as representatives in the side. Juventus, last season’s runners up in the Champions League, were represented by Paul Pogba. Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was named in the side, as was PSG defender Thiago Silva.