In 2009, FIFA and FIFPro joined forces to honour the best 11 players of the year with the FIFA FIFPro World XI award, which was presented for the first time at the 2009 FIFA World Player Gala.

The FIFA FIFPro World XI is chosen by professional football players from all over the world, who have voted for the best player in each position. From 2005 to 2008, FIFPro organised its own World XI player award, with the same selection system. The FIFA FIFPro World XI for 2015 will be announced at the FIFA Ballon d’Or award ceremony in Zurich on 11 January 2016.

The 55 candidates shortlisted for the FIFA FIFPro World XI will be announced on 26 November.

One goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards were awarded a place in the the FIFA/FIFPro World XI for 2014.

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Germany / FC Bayern München)

Defenders: Philipp Lahm (Germany / FC Bayern München), David Luiz (Brazil / Paris St-Germain FC), Sergio Ramos (Spain / Real Madrid CF) and Thiago Silva (Brazil / Paris St-Germain FC)

Midfielders: Andres Iniesta (Spain / FC Barcelona), Toni Kroos (Germany / Real Madrid CF) and Angel di Maria (Argentina / Real Madrid CF)

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Argentina / FC Barcelona), Arjen Robben (Netherlands / FC Bayern Munich) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal / Real Madrid CF)