Revealed: The complete FIFPro World XI ranking, with Pierre Emerick Aubameyang below the forward rankings, Danny Alves only defeating Andy Robertson and Bruno Fernandez in the top three.

  • Alison was voted number 1 in the full FIFPro World XI Rankings
  • Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos has surpassed Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk as the best defender
  • Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne has been named the best midfielder, ahead of Thiago
  • Surprisingly, Lionel Messi is the first striker, ahead of Robert Lewandowski
  • Cristiano Ronaldo finished third but Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane did not top the top ten

The full rankings for the FIFPro World XI were released this afternoon and the most striking surprise was the position of Lionel Messi as the first striker ahead of Robert Lewandowski, who won the FIFA World Player of the Year award.

Bayern Munich striker won the main award on Thursday but was not ranked as the best striker, while Manchester City maestro Kevin De Bruyne was voted the first midfielder.

In defense, Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos outperformed Liverpool striker Virgil van Dyck but Alison was the goalkeeper first, ahead of Manuel Neuer and Jan Oblak.

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has been voted the best striker in the entire FIFPro Rankings

Man City's Kevin De Bruyne was a leading player for Pep Guardiola in 2020

Thiago Alcantara won the treble with Bayern Munich before moving to Liverpool in the summer

Midfielder # 1 Kevin De Bruyne (left) has been selected ahead of Thiago Alcantara (right).

At the bottom of the list, Arsenal captain Pierre Emerick Aubameyang is tenth in the forwards list – most notably above Sergio Aguero, Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane.

Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson is only 10th on the list, while 37-year-old Dani Alves – now in Sao Paulo, Brazil – is seventh.

Chelsea’s Thiago Silva, who led Paris Saint-Germain to the Champions League final last season, beats Robertson in ninth place.

Liverpool playmaker Thiago Alcantara, who won the treble with Bayern Munich last season, is second behind De Bruyne.

Andy Robertson is sneaking into the top 10 defenders list

Dani Alves, now in Sao Paulo, is seventh on the list

Liverpool’s Andy Robertson (left) is 10th in the defender’s list behind Danny Alves (right).

Manchester United playmaker Bruno Fernandez ranked fourth in the list of best midfielders

Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandez is fourth behind Joshua Kimmich – although there are no other England players in the top 10 in midfield.

After the top three from Messi, Lewandowski and Ronaldo in the forwards, 20-year-old Erling Haaland finished fourth, Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic finished seventh and Liverpool’s Sadio Mane eighth.

Paris Saint-Germain duo Kylian Mbappe and Neymar came fourth and fifth, respectively.

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang is tenth in the strikers list, ahead of Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang is tenth in the strikers list, ahead of Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane

Manchester United’s David De Gea is sixth in the goalkeeping standings, with two places ahead of his rival Ederson in City and four places ahead of Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris, who is tenth.

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A total of 14 players practicing in the Premier League are among the top ten, divided into four goalkeepers, five defenders, three midfielders and two forwards.

The youngest player in the group is Bayern Munich star left-back Alfonso Davis at the age of 20, while the elder statesman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Italian League’s top scorer, is the oldest at 39.

FIFPRO WORLD XI rankings – Top 10


1. Alison (Liverpool)

2 – Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)

3- Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid)

Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)

5 – Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid)

6- David De Gea (Manchester United)

7- Keylor Navas (Real Madrid)

8- Ederson (Manchester City)

9. Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan): construction work

10 – Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)

The Defenders

1. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

2 – Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

3 – Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

4 – Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich)

5 – David Alaba (Bayern Munich)

6 – Jordi Alba (Barcelona)

7. Dani Alves (Sao Paulo)

8 – Kalido Coulibaly (Naples)

9. Thiago Silva (Chelsea)

10 – Andy Robertson (Liverpool)


1 – Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)

2 – Thiago Alcantara (Liverpool)

3 – Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)

4. Bruno Fernandez (Manchester United)

5- Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

6- N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)

Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona)

8- Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)

9 – Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich)

10- Casemiro (Real Madrid).