As in previous years, representatives of footballers’ unions are travelling all over the world to invite players to participate in the vote for the FIFA FIFPro World XI 2014. Local players from the Premier Division and First Division join their peers from all over the world and cast their votes, choosing the best performing players of 2014.
MFPA representatives are visiting local clubs to distribute voting forms to players after visiting the Maltese National Team players at the hotel during their free time between the double fixture against Norway and Italy for EURO 2016 qualifications.
It must have been a strange feeling for some Maltese National team players voting for players such as Pirlo, Buffon and Chiellini among the best in the world, then they had to face them on the pitch the day after.
Obviously players do tend to vote and include their favorite stars and also players coming from their favorite clubs. But this year, we are expecting that the players who were at their best during the World Cup in Brazil will steal the show. The names of Manuel Neuer, Philip Lahm, Toni Kroos, Lionel Messi, James Rodriguez, Gianluigi Buffon are expected to be very popular in the votes but Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andrea Pirlo are always among the top choices although a few surprises are expected.
The choice of the Maltese players is always very close to the final XI, maybe this year they can guess all the star players in the 2014 FIFA FIFPro XI.
For the latest updates about the vote for the 2014 FIFA FIFPro World XI, check the FIFPro website (www.fifpro.org) and, the Malta Football Players Association Facebook page or website (www.maltafpa.com).