Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have made FIFA’s FIFPro Men’s World XI for the 15th year in a row, becoming the only players in history to do so

It is the only player award decided only by football players. Only professional players may vote; there are no media, coaches, or anybody else engaged.

FIFA announced that around 19,000 football players voted for the greatest XI in the world for the 2021 award.

For the 15th time in a row, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are at the top of the lineup. The pair made the FIFPro Men’s World XI for the first time in 2007 and have never missed a match since.

Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich and Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund joined the two to form a lethal attacking quadrant.

Gianluigi Donnarumma, Leonardo Bonucci, and Jorginho of Italy, as well as Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, Real Madrid’s David Alaba, and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Ruben Dias, all made the cut.

Here is a list most FIFPRO appearances by a player

PlayerAppsYears
Cristiano Ronaldo152007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
Lionel Messi152007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
Sergio Ramos112008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Andrés Iniesta92009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Dani Alves82009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Xavi62008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Marcelo62012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
John Terry52005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Iker Casillas52008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Luka Modrić52015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Gerard Piqué42010, 2011, 2012, 2016
Manuel Neuer42013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Ronaldinho32005, 2006, 2007
Kaká32006, 2007, 2008
Gianluigi Buffon32006, 2007, 2017
Steven Gerrard32007, 2008, 2009
Carles Puyol32007, 2008, 2010
Thiago Silva32013, 2014, 2015
Toni Kroos32014, 2016, 2017

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