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Sergio Ramos, Marcelo and Luka Modric? Puzzling choices for Fifa Best Men's World XI

See the slideshow below for our view on who was worthy of a place and who wasn't

Real Madrid won the Fifa Club World Cup last season, but other than that is was a barren campaign for the Spanish giants. Third in La Liga, semi-finalists in the Copa del Ray and they only reached the Round of 16 in the Champions League.

That they went through three managers (Julen Lopetegui, Santiago Solari and Zinedine Zidane) during the season speaks volumes of what a disaster it was. And the new season hasn't started too smoothly either.

Yet as the names were read out at the star-studded Fifa Best Awards at Milan's Teatro alla Scala for the Men's World XI, there were not one, not two, but three Real Madrid players from last year's horror show - plus new signing Eden Hazard, but he's exempt from any blame.

Puzzled football fans took to social media to voice their surprise at seeing defenders Sergio Ramos and Marcelo in the team, along with midfielder Luka Modric.

Many were also confused by the lack of any Manchester City players in the team following their Premier League success last season and general domination of English football.

Similarly, Champions League winner Mohamed Salah came fourth in the voting for Best Men's Player but didn't make the team, while his Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane was also absent despite coming fifth.

See the slideshow at the top showing who we thought was worthy of a place in the team and who wasn't.

Here's the list of the other award winners on the night:

Men’s Player: Lionel Messi

Women’s Player: Megan Rapinoe

Men’s Coach: Jurgen Klopp

Women’s Coach: Jill Elliss

Women’s Goalkeeper: Alisson

Women’s Goalkeeper: Sari van Veenendaal

Puskás Award: Daniel Zsori

Fan Award: Silvia Grecco

Fair Play Award: Marcelo Bielsa

Updated: September 24, 2019 02:44 PM

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