Chelsea well represented in FIFA FIFPro Men’s and Women's World 11s

Four Chelsea players across our men’s and women’s teams have been recognised at tonight’s The Best FIFA Football Awards in Zurich.

The Blues have two players in each of the FIFA FIFPro Men’s World 11 and FIFA FIFPro Women’s World 11, selected by professional players around the world.

Jorginho and N’Golo Kante have made the men’s midfield after excelling for the Blues throughout 2021. Magdalena Eriksson and Millie Bright were voted into the Women’s 11 by their fellow professionals.

Jorginho not only played a crucial role as we lifted the Champions League, but he also tasted success with Italy at Euro 2020, joining an elite group of players to have won Europe’s two elite competitions in the same year. His metronomic passing, positional discipline and penalty prowess stood out for both teams.

Kante meanwhile was Player of the Match in both legs of our Champions League semi-final success against Real Madrid, and then again in the showpiece victory over Manchester City. On the biggest stage, he delivered, reminding everyone why he has for so long been ranked as one of the finest players in the world. Kante was also in the FIFPro World 11 in 2018.

Previous Chelsea players to have made the Men’s World 11 are John Terry (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009), Claude Makelele (2005), Frank Lampard (2005), Didier Drogba (2007), David Luiz (2014), Eden Hazard (2018, 2019) and Kante.

Chelsea Women captain Eriksson and vice-captain Bright have made the Women’s 11 defence after a formidable 2021.

Eriksson lifted three trophies for the Blues as Emma Hayes’ side scooped the domestic treble last year winning the League Cup, FA Cup and Women’s Super League. Eriksson also achieved international success, reaching the final of the 2020 Olympics with Sweden.

Bright’s consistency at the back for the Blues also earned her a place at the Olympics as she was selected for the Team GB side, who were narrowly knocked out at the quarter-final stage of the competition.

Both players helped Chelsea to our first-ever Women’s Champions League final appearance at the end of 2020/21.

Bright, as well as Pernille Harder, was in the 2020 team, with Hedvig Lindahl a Chelsea player when she was selected as the goalkeeper in 2017. The Women’s 11 was established in 2015.

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