It's that time of the year when the footballers leave their club jerseys, rivalries aside, and join for the international round of fixtures with their national team. The two-week breaks between the league matches allow nations to get the players into their set up, and prepare themselves for the big tournaments like World Cup, EURO and Copa America. But most times than not, the international friendlies are used by players to showcase their skill and enjoy their time out on the field.
During one of the practice sessions ahead of the fixture against El Salvador, the Brazilian players could be seen undergoing a fun passing drill. During the regime, Phillipe Coutinho produced an extraordinary piece of skill, which not only awed the onlookers, but also his teammates.
The Barcelona attacking midfielder nutmegged his teammate, which prompted shock amongst others, including Neymar, who treated Coutinho like god for his skill.
Coutinho and Neymar were among the 55 players chosen by FIFA for the FIFA FIFPro World XI. This year marks the 14th edition of the FIFA World XI, which was established in 2005 by FIFPro, the worldwide players union. They later merged with FIFA in 2009, and it was hence called the FIFPro FIFA World XI.
This season's 55-man shortlist consists of some familiar names with some outstanding statistics. Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane are the only Africans to feature in the list, while Real Madrid has the most number of players on the shortlist (11).
Eleven players will be making their first appearance on the shortlist, while two players Cristiano Ronaldo and Gianluigi Buffon will continue their record of featuring in every shortlist since its in inception in 2005. The shortlist has also seen some interesting omissions in the form of Gareth Bale, Mesut Ozil, Manuel Neuer, Alexis Sanchez and many more.
The 2018 FIFA World X1 team will finally consist of one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards. The 2018 FIFA World X1 will be revealed at The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony on 24 September in London.