FIFA FIFPRO World XI Recognition for Players

The FIFA FIFPRO World XI is a type of recognition which is given to players who manage to standout for a particular season or year and they are included in a formation which that is considered to be filled with the absolute best players for that determined time period.

The 2014 edition of this award included the following players:

Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer

Defenders: PhillippLahm, Sergio Ramos, Thiago Silva and David Silva

Midfielders: Andres Iniesta, Toni Kroos and Angel Di Maria

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, ArjenRobben and Lionel Messi.

Even though ZlatanIbrahimovic was not named in this formation and despite his lack of Champions League trophies, Andy van der Meyde believes that Ibrahimovic is at the same level as C.Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Andy van der Meyde is a retired Dutch footballer who used to perform with Ajax, Inter Milan, Everton, PSV and WKE before deciding to hang up his boots. During his time spent playing in Ajax, he used to perform alongside ZlatanIbrahimovic and Andy van der Meyde is confident that the Swedish forward is one of the best players in the world.

“Ibrahimovic is one of the best players in the world with Messi and Ronaldo. He is such a big and strong guy. He can be an intimidating figure. Plus he has amazing technique as well for someone with a big body like his. He’s the type of player who wants to win at all costs. He is arrogant, but that’s him. It’s a positive sort of arrogance if you ask me. He is a true great.” Andy van der Meyde told the media as he voiced his opinion.

ZlatanIbrahimovic has played in top clubs from around the world such as: Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Ac.Milan and his current team PSG but has never managed to lift the Champions League title which is considered to be the most important and prestigious piece of silverware that a player can secure with a club.