PAUL POGBA and Neymar are both absent from the 2016 Fifa FIFPro World XI, to be announced tonight.
Manchester United star Pogba became the most expensive footballer in history last summer following his £90million transfer from Juventus.
And Barcelona’s Brazilian playmaker Neymar, despite being regarded as one of the best in the world, has had a poor season at the Nou Camp.
And according to Goal, Pogba missed out on the World XI, named by fellow professionals all over the world, by just two votes as he struggled to adapt to the Premier League – although recently his performances have markedly improved.
Pogba’s ex-Juventus team-mate Gianluigi Buffon enjoyed a brilliant 2016 despite being 38, but also just failed to make the XI as he was voted the second-best goalkeeper on the planet by fellow professionals.
Neymar won the double with Barcelona and claimed a gold medal at the Olympic Games with Brazil, but three other forwards finished above him in the poll as his scoring return did not match previous seasons.
The 2016 FIFA FIFPro World 11 will be revealed in full at The Best FIFA Football Awards in Zurich tonight.
At the ceremony, Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to be named FIFA World Player of the Year.
FIFPro is the worldwide representative organisation for all professional footballers, and 26,516 players from 69 countries voted for the FIFA FIFPro 11.