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Lionel Messi, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, More Named in France Football 2015 XI

FC Barcelone Argentinian striker Lionel Messi (2ndR) shares a laugh with his Urugayan teammate Luis Suarez (2ndL) and Danish former football player and ceremony host Peter Schmeichel (L) eyed by Real Madrid's Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo during the awarding ceremony for the Best Men's player in Europe at the end of the UEFA Champions League Group stage draw ceremony, on August 27, 2015 in Monaco. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE        (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Rob BlanchetteFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 13, 2017

Lionel Messi, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo have taken their place in France Football's best XI of 2015. The publication previously used to select the winner of the Ballon d'Or before it was merged with FIFA's best world player accolade. 

Sport reported on Wednesday that Ronaldo was the only Real Madrid player selected by the prestigious magazine; however, two further Barcelona players were added to the team as Andres Iniesta was chosen in midfield and Dani Alves at right-back.

Youngsters play football in front of a mural of Argentine football player Lionel Messi (L), Brazil's player Neymar da Silva Santos Junior (C) and Portugal's player Cristiano Ronaldo at a field of Tavares Bastos shantytown (favela) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazi
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Juventus were awarded with two individuals in the best XI as goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and defender Giorgio Chiellini made it into the selection. 

Despite the Premier League's global popularity, only one player was selected in the side as Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne was picked in midfield. 

David Alaba was the only player selected from the Bundesliga; the Bayern Munich talent grabbed a spot at left-back. 

Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak and Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin round out the best XI.

A picture taken on December 15, 2015 shows three plaques reading, 'Cristiano Ronaldo', 'Lionel Messi' and 'Neymar' at the Mellerio jewellers in Paris, as part of the crafting of the Ballon d'Or 2015 Fifa award.
Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi
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Messi, Neymar and Ronaldo made the cut to complete the three-man Ballon d'Or shortlist this term, but former Barca captain Carles Puyol said Luis Suarez should have earned a nomination, per Omnisport (h/t FourFourTwo):

Suarez could have been one of the nominees for the Ballon d'Or.

There is just room for just three players and the three nominees are very good, but Suarez has performed spectacularly throughout the season.

He won the treble and that is very difficult. He has some great stats in the first half of this season as well and he is working very hard in order to help the team.

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - DECEMBER 20:  Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona - Adidas Silver Ball winner, Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona - Adidas Gold Ball winner and Andres Iniesta of FC Barcelona - Adidas Bronze Ball winner during the FIFA Club World Cup Final Match betwe
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Suarez was unlucky to miss out on a Ballon d'Or nomination, and arguably, he should have been in France Football's best XI. 

He has continued his world-class form this season, scoring 18 goals in 19 La Liga and European appearances for his club, according to WhoScored.com.

Messi is likely to usurp Ronaldo for the world player award when the winner is announced on Jan. 11. 

The Blaugrana's overwhelming treble success of 2014-15 could see the Argentina wizard win his fifth award and his first since 2012. 

The diminutive talent stepped up a gear last season, and he helped place Barca back onto the centre stage of European football. 

France Football's Best XI of 2015: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (Barcelona), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), David Alaba (Bayern Munich), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Grzegorz Krychowiak (Sevilla), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Neymar (Barcelona), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

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