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Real Madrid and Barcelona dominate FIFPro World XI

Real Madrid and Barcelona dominate FIFPro World XI
By Eurosport

12/01/2016 at 04:43Updated 12/01/2016 at 05:23

The FIFPro World XI was dominated by Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Ballon d'Or ceremony.

As expected, the front three were the nominees for the Ballon d’Or award – Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Portugal), Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina) and Neymar (Barcelona/Brazil).

Midfielder Paul Pogba (Juventus/France), goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich/Germany) and defender Thiago Silva (PSG/Brazil) were the only three players outside of La Liga’s two powerhouse clubs to make the cut.

There was no place for Madrid’s James Rodriguez, however, or Juventus’ Giorgio Chiellini, who was outstanding in defence during the Italian club’s run to the Champions League final.

Luis Enrique won the gong for the men's Coach of the Year after he led Barcelona to five trophies – including the Champions League and La Liga. Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola was full of praise for the man that replaced him at the Catalan club. He told Eurosport: "Luis Enrique showed, that he is able to lead a big team and big stars. He deserved it.”

Jill Ellis was named as Coach of the Year for women's football after leading the USA to the World Cup last year.

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