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Heather Diaz
September 13, 2018

The XI will be unveiled by FIFA and FIFPro during the Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony in London on September 24.

UEFA's "Player of the Year", World Cup "Golden Ball" victor, and captain of the Croatia national team, Luka Modric, who Federation Internationale de Football Association also included among the top 3 best footballers in the world, has found himself on FIFPro's list for the sixth time and the fourth consecutive time.

The shortlisted players will then be battling for a place in the "World 11", which will be announced at the Best FIFA Football Awards later this month.

During voting, they each select one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards.

Forty-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is the oldest nominee on the list.

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Former Barcelona star Andres Iniesta is on the list for the 12th consecutive year.

There is also no room for Bale, despite the Real Madrid forward scoring 21 goals in all competitions last season, including two in the Champions League final.

Luka Modric is named after his stellar season in 2017-18, helping Real Madrid to their third successive Champions League crown as well as starring in Croatia's run to the World Cup final. Luka Modric, who won UEFA Player of the Year, is the stand-out among their nominations after taking Croatia to the World Cup final.

The 20-strong list of defenders also includes Tottenham's Kieran Trippier and Manchester City's Kyle Walker, as well as Barcelona's Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti and Jordi Alba. All three now share the record among defenders.

Paul Pogba, N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard are among the names included in the 15-man midfield shortlist for a spot in FIFPro's World XI.

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