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The Men’s FIFPro World XI for 2021

Wed 19 January 2022 | 20:29

Who are on the list of FIFPro Men’s World XI for 2021? What feats did they achieve to earn a spot on this list? Follow us below as we take a brief look at the careers of these players and get to see how they have fared so far in the new season.

We finally got to find out who the best performers of the last season were according to FIFA as the list of

Men’s FIFPro World XI for 2021

was completed with world-class superstars receiving their rightfully-earned awards. The ceremony announced the best players in the world and Robert Lewandowski finally received a well-deserved reward.

So if you too are eager to find out who the best-performing players of the year that passed were, read on as we provide detailed information about the careers of the Men’s FIFA FIFPro World XI for 2021 and get to see how they have fared so far in the new current campaign.

2021 Men’s FIFPro World XI

From Ruben Dias and David Alaba at the back, to Chelsea’s midfield duo N’Golo Kante and Jorginho and footballing GOATs Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, there is some serious quality shared between those on the list of Men’s FIFPro World XI for 2021 and we have certainly enjoyed watching these incredible footballers grace the pitch all throughout the past year. So without further ado, here is everything you need to know about their performances in the year that passed.

Gianluigi Donnarumma

  • Position: Goalkeeper

  • Market value: €65M

While a team can have several defenders, midfielders and forwards at a time, there can only be one main goalkeeper, which is why it is of utmost importance for any goalkeeper to be on top shape in order to earn the chance of making an appearance at any given time. While Edouard Mendy swooped up the FIFA Best Men’s Goalkeeper of the Year award, it was Gianluigi Donnarumma who was selected to be amongst the

Men’s FIFPro World XI for 2021

.

The Italian shot-stopper is the true heir to Gianluigi Buffon and we are clearly witnessing the making of a world-class legend. Donnarumma first rose to prominence at AC Milan after joining the club’s senior side from their youth academy back in 2015. He spent six years at the Italian side and helped them become real title contenders alongside Inter.

Even though he did not manage to win the Serie A title with

AC Milan

, the young and aspiring goalkeeper went on to win the Euro 2020 with Italy as he played a vital role in their triumph over England in the final with his phenomenal saves in the penalty shootouts.

Being amongst FIFPro Men’s World XI for 2021, Donnarumma is currently worth around a whopping figure of €65 million in the transfer market and has recently joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer deal. The 22-year-old has only just begun his journey towards success and we are definitely going to see a lot from the Italy international in the coming years.

Ruben Dias

  • Position: Center-back

  • Market value: €75M

While the

Men’s FIFPro World XI for 2021

included only a single goalkeeper, it consists of three main defenders at the back. The first center-back is the phenomenal Ruben Dias, who has been nothing short of perfect for Manchester City and Portugal throughout the years. The 24-year-old gained global attention during his spell at Benfica and managed to secure himself a massive €68-million-move to

Manchester City

in 2020 and quickly became Pep Guardiola’s favorite defender in the middle.

Dias proved to be a key figure in the Portugal national team after he helped his nation win the UEFA Nations League back in 2019. Even though they failed to win the Euro 2020, Dias still contributed a lot to his national team with his impressive defensive prowess. Being listed amongst the

Men’s FIFA FIFPro World XI for 2021

, there is no denying the fact that Dias is a world-class center-back and he is certainly eyeing to win the Champions League with the Cityzens.

The former Benfica man has made a total of 37 appearances for the Portugal national team and has even scored a couple of goals in the process. This is the first time since the foundation of The Best FIFA Football Awards in 2017 that the formation consists of three main defenders instead of the conventional four and Ruben Dias has been outstanding enough to be one of those three.

Leonardo Bonucci

  • Position: Center-back

  • Market value: €8M

Next on the list of Men’s FIFPro World XI for 2021 is Leonardo Bonucci, who managed to lead the Italy national team to victory at Euro 2020 as they beat the Three Lions via penalty shootouts in the final. With a long-running rivalry between England and Italy stirring up to its maximum potential over the summer, only the best performers could help their side in the final match of the tournament and that is when Leonardo Bonucci came to the rescue.

Of course the Italian defender was great since the beginning of the competition until the very end and helped his side keep their form by creating an almost impenetrable wall at the back alongside his mate Giorgio Chiellini. The 34-year-old deserved to be amongst the

FIFPro Men’s World XI for 2021

as what could be better than becoming champions of Europe? Well, perhaps winning the World Cup is more prestigious in many ways, but that tournament will not be starting until the end of the new year.

We will have to wait and see if Bonucci can lead the Italy national team into yet another major tournament in the coming months. Italy were the runners-up in their World Cup Qualification group, which is why they have since advanced to the play-offs, in which everything will be sorted out for good. Being on the list of 2021 Men’s FIFPro World XI, Bonucci will definitely come to play a vital role in his nation’s upcoming games as he can be the difference between qualifying for the World Cup and going home empty handed. 

David Alaba

  • Position: Center-back/Left-back

  • Market value: €55M

David Alaba is regarded as one of the best left-backs in the world while also being one of the greatest center-backs on the entire planet as well. There are only few fullbacks with enough defensive prowess to be able to play in the center as well, which makes the Austria international quite unique in that respect. The 29-year-old was one of the key figures in

Bayern Munich

’s success throughout the years and has won everything there is to win in club football.

While Austria have not been lucky enough to win any major trophies during Alaba’s time, the incredibly talented center-back has nonetheless managed to make it into the Men’s FIFPro World XI for 2021. Alaba gained prominence as a promising left-back during his days at Bayern Munich’s youth academy, after which he spent a short period on loan at TSG Hoffenheim and returned to spend an illustrious ten years with the Bavarians, during which he won two historic sextuples and filled his trophy cabinet with numerous individual and collective honors.

Being on the list of Men’s FIFA FIFPro World XI for 2021, Alaba has a total of 91 international caps under his belt, during which he has managed to score 14 goals while providing 20 assists. He helped his nation reach the Euro 2020 Round of 16 in the summer as they eventually lost to the tournament’s champions Italy only after extra time.

The complete defender is a true legend of football and has still got at least a couple of years in him before he even gets to think about hanging up his boots. The former Bayern Munich man joined

Real Madrid

on a free transfer deal in the summer of 2021 and is currently valued at around €55 million.

N’Golo Kante

  • Position: Midfielder

  • Market value: €50M

Chelsea

players and their coach Thomas Tuchel have scooped up most of the individual awards at The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony. While Edouard Mendy won the Best Goalkeeper of the year award and Thomas Tuchel beat his peers to become the Best Manager of the Year, N’Golo Kante and his teammate Jorginho were included on the list of

2021 Men’s FIFPro World XI

.

The lovely N’Golo Kante is adored by almost everyone in the world of football for simply being the humblest of footballer out there, who sparks joy in the hearts of others with his contagious smile. Of course that is not the only thing the Frenchman is known for. The 30-year-old is one of, if not the best defensive midfielders in the world right now. Kante began his career as a professional footballer at US Boulogne and quickly joined SM Caen in 2013.

He moved to

Leicester City

for €9 million in the summer of 2015 and helped the Foxes do the impossible and win the Premier League title against all odds. Having made history at Leicester City, Kante was amongst the numerous departures in 2016 as he joined Chelsea for €35 million. Since then, he has turned into an extraordinary defensive midfielder who won the World Cup with France back in 2018.

Even though France were eliminated from Euro 2020 by the underdogs Switzerland in the Round of 16, N’Golo Kante still managed to put on a show worthy of the Men’s FIFPro World XI for 2021. He has already surpassed the 50-game appearance mark for the France national team and is one of the most adored athletes in world.

Jorginho

  • Position: Midfielder

  • Market value: €45M

Next on the list of Men’s FIFPro World XI for 2021 is someone who actually managed to win the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award earlier this season. Jorginho was the favorite to even win the Ballon d’Or for some reason as many believed his contributions to both Chelsea and the Italy national team was more than enough to earn him the golden ball. The Brazil-born Italian rose to prominence during his days at SSC Napoli as he proved to the world how much raw potential he had to realize.

Having joined

Napoli

from Hellas Verona for almost €10 million in 2014, it took Jorginho four years to convince Chelsea to splash a whopping fee of €57 million in order to acquire his services in 2018. Since his arrival at the Premier League side, Jorginho has turned into one of the best midfielders in the world and has already won both the Champions League and the European Championship.

Jorginho’s incredible performance at Euro 2020 earned him a place on the Men’s FIFPro World XI for 2021 as he helped his national team emerge victorious in the end as the winners of the tournament. He also helped Thomas Tuchel’s side win turn the tides in their favor by lifting the Champions League trophy after defeating Pep Guardiola’s start-studded Manchester City in an all-English final. Jorginho has more than 40 international caps to his name and is certainly motivated to help his nation qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Kevin De Bruyne

  • Position: Midfield

  • Market value: €90M

Manchester City’s eagle-eyed central attacking midfielder and talisman, Kevin De Bruyne, is the next midfielder selected to be on the list of Men’s FIFPro World XI for 2021. It is quite baffling to think that the Belgian superstar was once shunned away by Chelsea for not being good enough and up to the standards of the Premier League club. He has certainly proven the Blues wrong since joining Manchester City from Wolfsburg for a massive fee of €76 million.

De Bruyne’s current market value of €90 million surely tells all you need to know about his world-class qualities and we have always enjoyed his laser-guided passes on the field. The man simply knows how to find his teammates on the pitch and dictates the rhythm of the game with his phenomenal through passes. Pep Guardiola certainly loves his attacking midfielder and the Belgium national team definitely adore their man for his abilities.

The former Werder Bremen loanee has made a total of 88 international appearances for the Belgium national team and has managed to bag 23 goals while providing 45 assists in the process, which has turned his national team into one of the most formidable sides in the world. Many were betting that Belgium were going to be the ultimate champions of Euro 2020 and they had every right to think that.

De Bruyne was incredible for his nation in the tournament and did everything he could to win the competition, but alas they fell victim to Italy’s consistency in the Quarterfinals as the Italians beat the Belgians 2-1.

Lionel Messi

  • Position: Winger

  • Market value: €60M

Who would have thought that we would one day get to see Lionel Messi don the shirt of a club other than

Barcelona

? The Argentine winger is without a doubt one of the greatest footballers of all time and many even argue that there is no one above the former Barcelona man. Messi spent several illustrious years at the Catalan club and gave us unforgettable memories throughout the years. He made history by winning the sextuple under Pep Guardiola and broke numerous records with his incredible form.

Even though he may not have wanted to join

Paris Saint-Germain

initially, it was probably for the best given how Barca are struggling to cope with everything that has been going on. While Messi’s club career hangs in the balance as he is yet to showcase his brilliance at PSG, he did have an incredible summer with the Argentina national team as he finally got to win his first and only major international trophy.

Messi won the 2020 Copa America and proved to everyone that he is still one of the best forwards in the world at the age of 34 years old. The former Barcelona winger later got to win his record seventh Ballon d’Or, despite many rooting for Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski. His current market value is believed to be around €60 million and the Paris Saint-Germain winger is certainly eyeing to win more and more individual and collective honors in the coming years.

Robert Lewandowski

  • Position: Striker

  • Market value: €50M

Robert Lewandowski is the man who has managed to outperform both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in club football with his phenomenal goal-scoring records and impressive performances. The man did everything required to win the Ballon d’Or and still missed the opportunity to win one and various award ceremonies are trying to make up for that lost chance by throwing various awards at the Polish striker.

Lewandowski has been simply outstanding for more than a decade since joining Borussia Dortmund from Lech Poznan for almost €5 million in the summer of 2010. Lewan”Goal”ski spent four years at Dortmund and even managed to humiliate Real Madrid by scoring four goals against Los Blancos in the Champions League, which attracted some serious attention from top clubs in Europe, including Real Madrid as well.

Lewa joined Bayern Munich on a free transfer deal after his contract expired with Dortmund and what an absolute bargain he has been for the Bavarians. Even though Poland did not get to qualify for the knockout rounds in Euro 2020, the former Dortmund striker managed to help his national team in every way he could. That is why he got to win the Best FIFA Men’s Player award for a second consecutive year and earned himself a place amongst the

FIFA FIFPro 2021 Men’s World XI

.

The Bayern Munich center-forward is actually the captain of his national team, for whom he has managed to make a total of 128 appearances so far, scoring a massive number of 74 goals and providing 27 assists in the process.

Erling Haaland

  • Position: Center-Forward

  • Market value: €150M

You can already sense that Erling Haaland is going to replace the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo with how everything has been going for the Norwegian rising star. The 21-year-old has been absolutely phenomenal and is already getting used to breaking records every month. There is no denying the fact that the iconic rivalry between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo is slowly coming to an end and new rising stars such as Kylian Mbappe and Haaland himself are stepping onto the big stage to prove themselves to the world.

Haaland’s record at Borussia Dortmund is truly unbelievable as the youngster’s average goal/game ratio deserves a standing ovation. The former Salzburg striker has already scored an incredible 78 goals in 80 appearances for the Bundesliga side across all competitions and has contributed to even more goals with 28 assists in the process as well.

While we are not going to see Norway in the 2022 Qatar World Cup, Haaland is surely going to rack up some hefty number of goals for his national team in the coming years. He has already scored 12 goals in 15 international caps and we are definitely going to enjoy the youngster’s brilliant goal-scoring talents for years to come. That is why he was listed amongst the FIFA FIFPro 2021 Men’s World XI alongside Robert Lewandowski.

Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Position: center-forward/winger

  • Market value: €35M

Cristiano Ronaldo is still one of the best forwards in the world at the age of 36 and we are expecting to see him stay in top shape for at least a couple of years. The Portuguese striker has won everything there is to win except for a World Cup. He enjoyed a historic spell at Real Madrid after joining the Spanish giants from Manchester United for a then world-record fee of €94 million in 2009.

Having won four Champions League titles with Los Blancos, Ronaldo moved to Juventus in 2018 and added to his trophy cabinet in the three years that he spent with the Serie A side. While it is up to debate whether he can win any major trophies at Manchester United having returned to the Premier League side in the summer of 2021, he deserved to be amongst the FIFA FIFPro 2021 Men’s World XI for his contributions to his national team over the summer.

While Portugal did not get to win Euro 2020, Ronaldo himself set a new world record by breaking Ali Daei’s seemingly impossible record for the most international goals scored. The Portugal national team captain has now scored an incredible 115 goals while providing 40 assists in a total of 184 appearances throughout the years. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner will certainly be looking forward to helping his side qualify for the World Cup in Qatar in the play-offs.

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