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FIFA FIFPro Best XI: Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Müller, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben shortlisted

Four more players bring Bayern's total number shortlisted for FIFA FIFPro Best XI to ten.

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FIFA revealed the fifteen forwards shortlisted for the FIFPro Best XI, and Bayern Munich has four players that have the honor of being nominated. Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Müller, Franck Ribery, and Arjen Robben are up for the final three places on the Best XI.

Lewandowski delighted Borussia Dortmund fans for years before making the move to Bayern over the summer. In his last season with BVB, Lewandowski hit for 28 goals and is already up to 9 this season with FC Bayern. The Poland international is a prolific forward, deserving of being classified the world's elite.

Müller had 25 goals last season for Bayern, and he's already up to 9 in this campaign. Müller is never going to win all of the flashy awards, but there is no questioning that he is one of the best players in the entire world. He was also instrumental this summer in Germany winning the World Cup.

Even though he spent a lot of time on the physician's table, Ribery was still RIBERY when he was on the field. Ribery's runs through Bundesliga and European defenses alike are beautiful to watch. We know he was jobbed out of the Ballon d'Or last year. Sadly, he wasn't able to make it to the World Cup with France in the summer due to injury.

Robben had 20 goals for FC Bayern last season and was a reason why the club found their way to another domestic double. This summer at the World Cup, the biggest stage of them all, Robben was a star. He carried Louis Van Gaal's Dutch squad to a victory in the third place game over hosts Brazil in Brasilia. He once again showed the world that he's an elite player in this game which is something we Bayern fans have known all along.

Yes, Wayne Rooney was somehow shortlisted for this award.

Shortlisted Forwards
Player Nation / Club
Sergio Agüero Argentina / Manchester City
Gareth Bale Wales / Real Madrid
Karim Benzema France / Real Madrid
Diego Costa Spain / Chelsea
Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal / Real Madrid
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Sweden / Paris Saint-Germain
Robert Lewandowski Poland / Bayern Munich
Lionel Messi Argentina / Barcelona
Thomas Müller Germany / Bayern Munich
Neymar Brazil / Barcelona
Marco Reus Germany / Borussia Dortmund
Arjen Robben Netherlands / Bayern Munich
Franck Ribery France / Bayern Munich
Wayne Rooney England / Manchester United
Luis Suarez Uruguay / Barcelona

The FIFA FIFPro Best XI will be announced on January 12, 2015.

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