Date:Thursday November 25 2010
Manchester City's star striker Carlos Tevez has been named on the 55-man shortlist for the Fifa/FIFPro World XI 2010.
The in-form Argentine was selected along with 16 other Premier League stars, including Gareth Bale, Cesc Fabregas and Steven Gerrard amongst others.
The Spanish Primera Liga pipped the English Premier League with 18 nominees, while Italy's Serie A has 15, the German Bundesliga has four, and France's Ligue 1 has just a single representative.
The 55-man shortlist was drawn up after players union members, numbering 50,000 professional footballers world-wide, were asked to name their top four defenders, three midfielders, three forwards and a goalkeeper for 2010.
Just quite how Dimitar Berbatov got on the list is anybody's guess.
The final World XI will be announced in Zurich at the Fifa Ballon d'Or cermony on 10th January 2011.
The full 55-man shortlist for the Fifa/FIFPro World XI 2010 is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus), Iker Casillas (Spain, Real Madrid), Petr Cech (Czech Republic, Chelsea), Julio Cesar (Brazil, Inter Milan), Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands, Manchester United)
Defenders: Daniel Alves (Brazil, Barcelona), Gareth Bale (Wales, Tottenham Hotspur), Michel Bastos (Brazil, Lyon), Ashley Cole (England, Chelsea), Patrice Evra (France, Manchester United), Rio Ferdinand (England, Manchester United), Philipp Lahm (Germany, Bayern Munich), Lucio (Brazil, Inter Milan), Maicon (Brazil, Inter Milan), Marcelo (Brazil, Real Madrid), Alessandro Nesta (Italy, AC Milan), Pepe (Portugal, Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Spain, Barcelona), Carles Puyol (Spain, Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid), Walter Samuel (Argentina, Inter Milan), John Terry (England, Chelsea), Thiago Silva (Brazil, AC Milan), Nemanja Vidic (Serbia, Manchester United), Javier Zanetti (Argentina, Inter Milan)
Midfielders: Esteban Cambiasso (Argentina, Inter Milan), Michael Essien (Ghana, Chelsea), Cesc Fabregas (Spain, Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (England, Liverpool), Andres Iniesta (Spain, Barcelona), Ricardo Kaka (Brazil, Real Madrid), Frank Lampard (England, Chelsea), Javier Mascherano (Argentina, Barcelona), Thomas Muller (Germany, Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Germany, Real Madrid), Andrea Pirlo (Italy, AC Milan), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany, Bayern Munich), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands, Inter Milan), Xabi Alonso (Spain, Real Madrid), Xavi (Spain, Barcelona)
Forwards: Dimitar Berbatov (Bulgaria, Manchester United), Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast, Chelsea), Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon, Inter Milan), Diego Forlan (Uruguay, Atletico Madrid), Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina, Real Madrid), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, AC Milan), Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona), Diego Milito (Argentina, Inter Milan), Arjen Robben (Netherlands, Bayern Munich), Ronaldinho (Brazil, AC Milan), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid), Wayne Rooney (England, Manchester United), Carlos Tevez (Argentina, Manchester City), Fernando Torres (Spain, Liverpool), David Villa (Spain, Barcelona).
Date:Thursday November 25 2010
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