FIFPRO Men's World 11 shortlist for 2023 revealed

  • FIFPRO announce Men's World 11 shortlist for 2023
  • Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo make the cut despite moves away from Europe
  • Man City represented by nine players after treble win

The big names headlining the shortlist
The big names headlining the shortlist / Megan Briggs/Getty Images, Michael Regan/Getty Images, Visionhaus/Getty Images

FIFPRO have announced their 23-player shortlist for the 2023 Men's World 11, with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both making the cut.

The veteran duo both waves goodbye to European football across the 2023 voting period, with Messi heading to MLS with Inter Miami and Ronaldo signing for Saudi Pro League side Al Nassr.

Erling Haaland is also on the shortlist following a record-breaking year with treble-winners Manchester City, while Kylian Mbappe, Jude Bellingham and Virgil van Dijk are among the other high-profile names nominated.

The XI will be announced at The Best FIFA Football Awards in London on January 15.

Over 28,000 players have cast their vote for this year's XI, with FIFPRO priding the awards as the only one exclusively decided by professional footballers.

The team is comprised of one goalkeeper, three defenders, three midfielders and three forwards. The final spot is reserved for the remaining outfielder with the highest amount votes.

FIFPRO Men's World 11 shortlist 2023


  • Thibaut Courtois - Real Madrid and Belgium
  • Ederson - Manchester City and Brazil
  • Emiliano Martinez - Aston Villa and Argentina


  • Ruben Dias - Manchester City and Portugal
  • Virgil van Dijk - Liverpool and Netherlands
  • Eder Militao - Real Madrid and Brazil
  • Antonio Rudiger - Real Madrid and Germany
  • John Stones - Manchester City and England
  • Kyle Walker - Manchester City and England


  • Jude Bellingham - Real Madrid/Borussia Dortmund and England
  • Kevin De Bruyne - Manchester City and Belgium
  • Ilkay Gundogan - Barcelona/Manchester City and Germany
  • Luka Modric - Real Madrid and Croatia
  • Rodri - Manchester City and Spain
  • Bernardo Silva - Manchester City and Portugal
  • Federico Valverde - Real Madrid and Uruguay


  • Karim Benzema - Al Ittihad/Real Madrid and France
  • Erling Haaland - Manchester City and Norway
  • Harry Kane - Bayern Munich/Tottenham Hotspur and England
  • Kylian Mbappe - Paris Saint-Germain and France
  • Lionel Messi - Inter Miami/Paris Saint-Germain and Argentina
  • Cristiano Ronaldo - Al Nassr and Portugal
  • Vinicius Junior - Real Madrid and Brazil