FIFPro, the worldwide players’ union, and FIFA today announced the 15 midfielders shortlisted for the FIFA FIFPro World XI 2013 as part of the final 55-player shortlist to be revealed on 9 December 2013.
Juventus midfielder and Italy international Andrea Pirlo will face one to two months on the sidelines after medical tests revealed right knee ligament damage.
Juvenuts are now three points clear atop the Italian Serie A table with a last-gasp 1-0 win over Udinese, while Inter Milan and Roma were both held to 1-1 draws by Sampdoria and Atalanta respectively.
Juventus grabbed a 3-0 win over title rivals Napoli to close the gap on Italian Serie A leaders Roma, who were held by league newcomers Sassuolo. Fernando Llorente, Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba scored the Bianconeri goals.
Featuring Gennaro Gattuso on being pranked by Andrea Pirlo, Gerard Pique on a very embarrassing first encounter with one of football’s most famous coaches, and Hernan Crespo on the Diego Maradona-Lionel Messi debate.
Juventus outclassed Catania 4-0 while Napoli battled to a 2-1 win away to Fiorentina to both move to within two points of high-flying Roma.