- Manuel Neuer is selected as the goalkeeper after winning World Cup
- Defence is Sergio Ramos, Thiago Silva, David Luiz and Philipp Lahm
- Andres Iniesta, Toni Kroos and Angel Di Maria form a three-man midfield
- Lionel Messi, Arjen Robben and Cristiano Ronaldo complete the line-up
- Real Madrid superstar Ronaldo won his third Ballon d’Or trophy
All three players shortlisted for the FIFA Ballon d’Or award were unsurprisingly selected by their peers to be named in the 2014 FIFPro World XI team.
Lionel Messi, Manuel Neuer and ultimate winner Cristiano Ronaldo were among seven 2013 team members who retained their places in worldwide voting by 23,000 members of national players’ unions.
Manchester United winger Angel di Maria was the only player in the XI that is currently plying his trade in the Premier League, although his selection will have been based on his performances for Real Madrid and Argentina last year.
First row from left: Manuel Neuer, Sergio Ramos, Philipp Lahm, Toni Kroos and Andres Iniesta; back row from left: Arjen Robben, Angel Di Maria, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were in FIFA’s Team of the Year
Cristiano Ronaldo has a selfie taken with Brazilian women’s footballer Marta at the awards ceremony
The Real Madrid superstar smiles with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry after collecting the Ballon d’Or
Ronaldo signs autographs as he heads down the red carpet ahead of the awards ceremony
Manchester United winger Angel di Maria was the only player from the Premier League to make the team
Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben was one of seven players to retain their place from last year
James Rodriquez, with wife Daniella, missed out on a place in the team despite his World Cup heroics
Philippe Lahm and wife Claudia arrive in Zurich, the defender was one of four Bayern Munich players in the XI
Toni Kroos made the team after winning the league with Bayern Munich and World Cup with Germany
Germany keeper Manuel Neuer was also in the running for the main Ballon d’Or prize
Germany’s World Cup-winning captain Philipp Lahm, Brazil captain Thiago Silva, and Spain pair Sergio Ramos and Andres Iniesta also stayed in the elite lineup.
David Luiz was voted into the defense despite playing in Brazil’s 7-1 rout by Germany in the World Cup semifinals, when Thiago Silva was suspended.
Still, the Brazilian pair was reunited for a second embarrassing loss, 3-0 against the Netherlands in the third-place match.
Arjen Robben was picked as the only player from the Dutch team which started the World Cup by routing title holder Spain 5-1.
Toni Kroos completed the lineup as the third Germany player, and the fourth who played for Bayern Munich last year.
As Kroos transferred in the offseason to join Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos at Real Madrid, the European champion also had four players in the FIFPro lineup.
Di Maria was a standout in Madrid’s Champions League final victory, against city rival Atletico, before joining Manchester United.
David Luiz was the other World XI player who switched clubs last season, moving from Chelsea to join Thiago Silva at Paris Saint-Germain.
Brazil failed to get a third player elected as there was again no place for Neymar. The star forward lost out to Robben in a three-man attack with Messi and Ronaldo, one year after Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the third forward elected.
The other 2013 team members who lost their places were Dani Alves, Xavi Hernandez and Franck Ribery.