A total of nine Chelsea players across our men’s and women’s sides are in contention to be named in the 2021 FIFA FIFPro World 11 after being included in the 23-person squads.
The FIFA FIFPro World XI is the only global award organised and decided by the players themselves, with more than 20,000 professional footballers from 69 different countries casting their vote in 2021.
The final selection of two starting XIs, one each for men and women, voted as the best players in their position will be announced during The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony on Monday 17 January 2022.
However, this year the shortlist has been reduced from the usual 55 to 23, to create a squad of the three goalkeepers, six defenders, six midfielders, six forwards and remaining two outfield players who received the largest number of votes.
In the men’s award, that gives Chelsea four representatives, with Champions League winners Edouard Mendy, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho named in the squad alongside Romelu Lukaku, who returned to Stamford Bridge from Inter Milan over the summer.
Chelsea Women have gone one better, with Ann-Katrin Berger, Millie Bright, Sam Kerr, Pernille Harder and captain Magdalena Eriksson all earning inclusion following our first appearance in the Women’s Champions League final.
Kante is the only one of our men’s nominees this year who has made the World 11 previously – alongside Eden Hazard in 2018 – while Mendy and Jorginho are both on the shortlist for the first time.
The five Chelsea Women’s players nominated is the most of any club and all of them have made the shortlist before, with Bright and Harder aiming to make the World 11 for the second consecutive year.
2021 FIFA FIFPro Men’s World 11 Squad
Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool), Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan/Paris Saint-Germain), Edouard Mendy (Chelsea)Defenders: David Alaba (Bayern Munich/Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Dani Alves (Sao Paulo/Barcelona), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Ruben Dias (Manchester City)Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona), Jorginho (Chelsea), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus/Manchester United), Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan/Chelsea), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Paris Saint-Germain), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)
2021 FIFA FIFPro Women’s World 11 Squad
Goalkeepers: Laura Benkarth (Bayern Munich), Ann-Katrin Berger (Chelsea), Christiane Endler (Paris Saint-Germain/Lyon)Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Kadeisha Buchanan (Lyon), Ellie Carpenter (Lyon), Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea), Irene Paredes (Barcelona), Wendie Renard (Lyon)Midfielders: Estefania Banini (Levante/Atletico Madrid), Barbara Bonansea (Juventus), Aitana Bonmati (Barcelona), Delphine Cascarino (Lyon), Carli Lloyd (NJ/NY Gotham), Alexia Putellas (Barcelona)Forwards: Pernille Harder (Chelsea), Sam Kerr (Chelsea), Marta (Orlando Pride), Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal), Alex Morgan (Tottenham Hotspur/Orlando Pride/San Diego Wave), Gabrielle Onguene (CSKA Moscow), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign)