Mohamed Salah nominated for FIFA FIFPro World11 award

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David De Gea Virgil van Dijk among contenders in FIFPro World XI

After beating nerves to help Egypt secure a ticket to participate at the World Cup finals for the first time in 28 years, Salah's unfortunate shoulder injury, picked in Liverpool's UCL final loss against Real Madrid, prevented him from influencing the Pharaohs' run in Russian Federation, but he ended up with two goals.

FIFA FIPPro World 11 is an award to showcase the best players in the world, and it determines on the votes of 25,000 thousand professional players across the world.

World champion France had eight players, one less than former holder Spain, in worldwide players' association FIFPro's 55-name shortlist for its World XI of 2018 award. The FIFA FIFPro World11 is decided by the players, for the players and involves votes from nearly 25,000 professional footballers from 65 different countries.

Salah was by far Liverpool's top performer during the previous campaign, winning award after award for his efforts.

Liverpool's Van Dijk, the most expensive defender of all time at £75 million, helped the Reds to the Champions League final last season.

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Real Madrid dominates the nominations with 11 of their current first-team squad included, while only one member of last year's XI misses out, Italy and Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci.

The shortlist for goalkeepers and defenders for the FIFPro World XI has been released, and it features Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk.

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus, PSG, Italy) Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid, Belgium), David De Gea (Man Utd, Spain), Keylor Navas (Real Madrid, Costa Rica), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona, Germany).

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.

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