Date: 25th November 2010 at 3:00pm
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6 Man Utd players have been shortlisted for the FIFA/FIFPro World XI 2010. The 55-man list includes goalkeeper Van Der Sar, defenders Vidic, Ferdinand and Evra and forwards Berbatov and Rooney.

The Primera Division leads the way with 18 nominations while the Premier League is second with 17. and Man Utd both have 6 nominations, Liverpool have 2 and Arsenal, Spurs and Man City have one each.

I think all of our players will find it tough to get into the official World XI. Evra probably has the biggest chance out of all our players as he has been supremely and consistently brilliant at left-back this year. Vidic and Rooney could be in with a shout, but despite the latter’s tremendous season, I think he will miss out. I was shocked to see him absent from the Ballon D’or shortlist (and see the likes of Klose and Gyan in on the basis of a handful of matches) even though he couldn’t win it. But Ronaldo, Messi, Higuain, Tevez (who had a good WC on top of a brilliant 1st season at City), Villa and Milito will be ahead of him, I think.

Here’s the full list:

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus FC), Iker Casillas (Spain, Real Madrid C.F.), Petr Cech (Czech Republic, Chelsea FC), Julio Cesar (Brazil, F.C. Internazionale), Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands, Manchester FC)

Defenders: Daniel Alves (Brazil, FC Barcelona), Gareth Bale (Wales, Tottenham Hotspur), Michel Bastos (Brazil, Olympique Lyonnais), (, Chelsea FC), Patrice Evra (France, Manchester United FC), (England, Manchester United FC), Philipp Lahm (Germany, FC Bayern Munchen), Lucio (Brazil, F.C. Internazionale), Maicon (Brazil, F.C. Internazionale), Marcelo (Brazil, Real Madrid C.F.), (Italy, AC Milan), Pepe (Portugal, Real Madrid C.F.), Gerard Pique (Spain, FC Barcelona), (Spain, FC Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid C.F.), Walter Samuel (Argentina, F.C. Internazionale), John Terry (England, Chelsea FC), Silva (Brazil, AC Milan), Nemanja Vidic (Serbia, Manchester United FC), Javier Zanetti (Argentina, F.C. Internazionale)

Midfielders: Esteban Cambiasso (Argentina, F.C. Internazionale), Michael Essien (Ghana, Chelsea FC), Cesc Fabregas (Spain, Arsenal FC), Steven Gerrard (England, Liverpool FC), Andres Iniesta (Spain, FC Barcelona), Ricardo Kaka (Brazil, Real Madrid C.F.), Frank Lampard (England, Chelsea FC), Javier Mascherano (Argentina, FC Barcelona), Thomas Muller (Germany, FC Bayern Munchen), Mesut Ozil (Germany, Real Madrid C.F.), Andrea Pirlo (Italy, AC Milan), (Germany, FC Bayern Munchen), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands, F.C. Internazionale), Xabi Alonso (Spain, Real Madrid C.F.), Xavi (Spain, FC Barcelona)

Forwards: Dimitar Berbatov (Bulgaria, Manchester United FC), Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast, Chelsea FC), Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon, F.C. Internazionale), Diego Forlán (Uruguay, Atletico Madrid), Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina, Real Madrid C.F.), (Sweden, AC Milan), Lionel Messi (Argentina, FC Barcelona), Diego Milito (Argentina, F.C. Internazionale), Arjen Robben (Netherlands, FC Bayern München), Ronaldinho (Brazil, AC Milan), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid C.F.), (England, Manchester United FC), Carlos Tevez (Argentina, Manchester City FC), Fernando Torres (Spain, Liverpool FC), David Villa (Spain, FC Barcelona)

My personal World XI from the list (let me emphasise the word PERSONAL):

Casillas

Ramos, Lucio, Puyol, Evra

Schweinsteiger, Sneijder, Xavi

Ronaldo, Messi, Higuain

What is your world XI?

Kelly Brook? 3D? Does life get better?