Fifa World XI squad announced with NO Mo Salah but five players from crisis-club Barcelona

LIVERPOOL ace Mohamed Salah incredibly missed out on a spot in Fifa's World XI with five players from Barcelona being picked ahead of him.

The Egyptian ace wasn't included amongst the 23 players selected, including eight attackers.



Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland Neymar and Romelu Lukaku were all recognised ahead Salah, despite the attacker netting 31 times last term.

Neymar – who was unable to help Paris Saint-Germain retain the Ligue 1 title – finds himself amongst the best attackers over of the Liverpool forward.

Despite scoring almost two times the amount of goals than the Brazilian, Salah wasn't voted as one of the 23 'outstanding' players by his peers.

One of the most surprising inclusions is Barca right-back Dani Alves.

The 38-year-old was playing in Brazil last season for Sao Paulo, but his Olympic success with the national team may have played a part in the inclusion.

Fellow Barca stars Jordi Alba, Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets also make the list, despite underwhelming performances for the cash-strapped Spanish side domestically and in Europe.

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Unsurprisingly, Seven-time Ballon d'Or winner and former Barca main man Messi was included for his 38 goals and 14 assists last season.

The 34-year-old helped Barca win the Copa del Ray, scoring two in the final, and also won the Copa America with Argentina – his first international trophy.

Barca have struggled since Messi's dramatic summer exit, sinking to eighth in LaLiga.

And they were brutally knocked out of the Champions League in the group stages, missing out on knockout spots to Bayern Munich and Benfica.

Goalkeepers

Alisson Becker (Brazil,Liverpool), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy, AC Milan, PSG), Edouard Mendy (Senegal, Chelsea)

Defenders

David Alaba (Austria, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid), ordi Alba (Spain, Barca), Trent Alexander-Arnold (England, Liverpool), Dani Alves (Brazil, Sao Paulo, Barcelona), Leonardo Bonucci (Italy, Juventus), Ruben Dias (Portugal, Manchester City)

Midfielders

Sergio Busquets (Spain, Barca), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium, Man City), Bruno Fernandes (Portugal, Manchester United), Frenkie de Jong (Netherlands, Barca), Jorginho (Italy, Chelsea), N'Golo Kante (France, Chelsea)

Attackers

Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barca, PSG), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Juventus, Man Utd), Kylian Mbappe (France, PSG), Erling Haaland (Norway, Borussia Dortmund), Karim Benzema (France, Real), Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern), Romelu Lukaku (Belgium, Inter Milan, Chelsea), Neymar (Brazil, PSG)

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