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Official: Real Madrid trio named in 2023 FIFA FIFPro Men’s World XI

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With FIFA’s ‘The Best’ Awards currently underway, the governing body has unveiled the FIFPro Men’s Best XI for the year 2023 comprising of top performers voted by players.

The FIFA FIFPro World XI has been in practice since 2009, with FIFPro inviting all professional footballers, men and women, to compose the best men’s and women’s teams of the year.

An initial 23-player nominee list is unveiled following which a World XI is announced that comprises a goalkeeper, three defenders, three midfielders, and three forwards, with the final slot being granted to the outfield player with the next most number of votes irrespective of the position.

And, as many as three Real Madrid stars have made the cut for the 2023 FIFA FIFPro World XI.

Star goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has been voted as the starter for the FIFPro Best XI while summer signing Jude Bellingham, who enjoyed a spectacular 2023, both at Borussia Dortmund and then at Real Madrid, also makes it to the team.

The third Real Madrid star voted into the FIFA FIFPro World XI is star attacker Vinicius Jr., who continued to enhance his reputation as one of the best young forwards in the game in 2023.

There is a large contingent of Manchester City players in the lineup, with Kyle Walker, John Stones, Ruben Dias, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, and Erling Haaland, all making the team.

There is also place for PSG superstar and Real Madrid target Kylian Mbappe in the side while 2022 FIFA World Cup winner Lionel Messi makes the cut as well.

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Real Madrid convinced with 21-year-old loanee’s performances, will count on him next season

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Real Madrid are eager to enhance their options in central defense after deciding to not sign any defenders in the recent January transfer window.

Several players are on the club’s radar, with Lille’s promising center-back Leny Yoro most notably high on the club’s wishlist.

However, the Merengues are not turning a blind eye to their homegrown academy gems, as Rafa Marin is making a strong case for himself to join the first team dynamics next summer.

Rafa Marin strengthens his case

The 21-year-old is presently on loan at Alaves and is showcasing solid performances in the heart of defense, with Real Madrid reported to count on him next season.

Now, AS have reported that the reason for the club’s trust in Marin is his upsurge in performances at Alaves. And if Nacho Fernandez leaves, Marin will serve as the fourth central defender in the squad.

A testament to his worth to Alaves is the fact that Marin has not been benched since mid-November, demonstrating his importance in coach Luis Garcia Plaza’s defense.

With 2,282 total minutes played, he ranks as the fourth-highest on the team with the most minutes.

Against Atletico Madrid recently, Rafa Marin enjoyed a stellar outing. In addition to making 15 recoveries and 9 interceptions, he took part in 24 defensive actions. Along with winning two ground and four air duels, he only committed one foul.

A stellar performance vs Atletico. (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP via Getty Images)

An important summer for Marin

Not only is Rafa Marín returning to Real Madrid, but he is also going to represent Spain in the Olympics in Paris.

Marin was included in five of the six matches during the Euro Under-21 qualifiers because coach Santi Denia of Spain’s under-21 team greatly values his presence and height (1.91 meters).

Marin has a bright future ahead of him if all goes according to plan. His season with Alaves is sure to serve as a stepping stone for his integration into the Real Madrid first team.

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