No Premier League players: La Liga dominates FIFA's World XI yet again

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The best in the business stay at the top of that business for a long time. That’s one explanation for FIFA’s World XI for 2016. It’s packed with the usual suspects.

Another explanation is that the most marketable and famous footballers are chosen irrespective of whether they’ve had exceptional individual years. Another is that FIFA has a La Liga bias. These are accusations the organisation will face.

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The team reads in a 4-4-2 formation as follows: Manuel Neuer, Dani Alves, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Marcelo, Andres Iniesta, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.

That’s quite a line-up – but is it the team of the year? No. Where’s N’Golo Kante? The France international dominated 2016, helping Leicester achieve the impossible before becoming a key player for Chelsea.

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Why isn’t Pepe in there? The Real Madrid scoundrel was immense this year. His performances for Portugal were key to helping the goal-shy side win the European Championships. Antoine Griezmann was unlucky to miss out as were Manchester United pair Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba.

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