Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Virgil van Dijk make the men’s world XI at the FIFA Best Awards as Liverpool and Bayern Munich dominate the team
- Midfielder Thiago Alcantara, now at Liverpool, also makes the men’s world team
- European champions Bayern Munich boast former man Thiago plus three others
- The trio shortlisted for the best men’s player make up a stellar front three
- The FIFA Best Awards 2020 event is taking place virtually for the first time ever
Three Liverpool title winners have made the men’s world XI at the FIFA Best Awards: goalkeeper Alisson Becker and defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold and Virgil van Dijk.
They were joined by summer signing Thiago Alcantara, while Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne was also named in the side.
The full team named was: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Sergio Ramos, Van Dijk, Alphonso Davies; Joshua Kimmich, Kevin De Bruyne, Thiago; Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson was named in the men’s world XI at the FIFA Best Awards
When asked for his comments on the XI, ex-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: ‘When you are a little child you dream to be the best player in the world in your position and that’s an unbelievable achievement.
‘Look at the front line… my friends, you made me suffer a lot, you all scored goals against my team!’
Bayern Munich forward Lewandowski won the Best Men’s Player, and Manchester City defender Lucy Bronze the Best Women’s player.
Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer took the Best Men’s goalkeeper award, while Lyon’s Sarah Bouhaddi triumphed as the Best Women’s goalkeeper.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was awarded Best Men’s coach after leading Liverpool to their first Premier League title in 30 years, with Holland chief Sarina Wiegman winning Best Women’s coach: Sarina Wiegman.
Tottenham forward Son Heung-min will take home the 2020 Puskas Award after his eye-catching goal in last December’s 5-0 rout of Burnley.