Both Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra have both been named on the 20-man defender shortlist for the world FIFPro XI that will be announced on the 7th January 2013. The 15 strong midfielder and strikers shortlist will be announced over time and I’d fully expect to see a few more United players making that list.
Although none of the pair will probably make it into the final XI, the fact that they are still included in the top 20 defenders in the world by fellow professionals shows that they are still highly rated amongst the world’s best.
The defender shortlist in full:
Jordi Alba (Spain, Barcelona); Gareth Bale (Wales, Tottenham Hotspur); Giorgio Chiellini (Italy, Juventus); Ashley Cole (England, Chelsea); Dani Alves (Brazil, Barcelona); David Luiz (Brazil, Chelsea); Patrice Evra (France, Manchester United); Rio Ferdinand (England, Manchester United); Mats Hummels (Germany, Borussia Dortmund); Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia, Chelsea); Vincent Kompany (Belgium, Manchester City); Philipp Lahm (Germany, Bayern Munich), Marcelo (Brazil, Real Madrid); Javier Mascherano (Argentina, Barcelona); Pepe (Portugal, Real Madrid); Gerard Piqué (Spain, Barcelona); Carles Puyol (Spain, Barcelona); Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid); John Terry (England, Chelsea); Thiago Silva (Brazil, Paris St-Germain).