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- Lionel Messi makes John Barnes World XI squad as Ronaldo misses out

- Sergio Ramos, De Jong and Alphonso Davies completes the list of non-EPL stars in the team

- Four Reds players including Sadio Mane were included but Mohamed Salah has no place in the team

Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has been snubbed by Liverpool legend John Barnes in his World XI squad which includes Lionel Messi.

Despite watching the Portuguese in the Premier League for six seasons, the 56-year-old former Reds winger left many surprised after CR7's omission.

The list is expectedly dominated by EPL stars with three players from Spanish League and one from Bayern Munich.

Apart from Messi, Dutch youngster Frenkie De Jong is the second Barca player to be included in Barnes' best XI.

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos and Bayern Munich's Alphonso Davies are the remaining non-Premier League stars in the squad.

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The 56-year-old names Liverpool star Sadio Mane on the left-wing instead of the former Real Madrid forward.

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Below is the full list of players in Barnes' World XI:

Goalkeeper – Alisson Becker (Liverpool)

The Brazilian has been more than superb for the Reds since he joined them from Roma, helping them to win Champions League last season, while they are awaiting Premier League winners this term.

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Right-back – Trent Alexander Arnold (Liverpool)

The youngster has proven to be among the best right-backs in the world owing to his expertise, his ability to recover after making an attacking move as well as his assists records.

Centre-back – Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

The Spaniard needs to introduction having proven his ingenuity over the years - helping Real Madrid win three Champions League on a row. His presence brings calm to his side defence.

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Centre-back – Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool)

The Dutchman won the European player of the year after helping his side conquer Europe last year, beating Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the prestigious prize.

Left-back – Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich)

He was really impressive against Tottenham. To come from Canada and to go and play for a team like Bayern in the Champions League is very impressive.

Defensive midfield – N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)

Kante is the only Chelsea player to have made the cut and that is because of his contributions to the Blues' success in the last few years. He joined them in 2016 and won the Premier League title for them the following season.

He has also gone ahead to win the FA Cup and Europa League titles in the subsequent seasons and his superb defensive role qualifies him for the team.

Central midfield – Frenkie De Jong (Barcelona)

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Though very young, he is not afraid of challenges and also making attacking moves – he could play for Liverpool.

Barnes likens De Jong to Manchester City's David Silva due to the chances he creates but has a solid defensive game.

Central midfield – Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

The Belgian star is one of the most prolific attackers in the Premier League and the 56-year-old believes he has been the best midfield player or number ten in world football for the last few seasons.

Right-wing – Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

The argentine star plays from the right-wing and his records, achievement and contributions season in, season out, puts him in that position without questions.

Not without saying the 32-year-old is Barnes' favourite player of all time.

Centre-forward – Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

For the centre-forward, I do like a classic no.9. I’ve gone for Lewandowski because if you’re playing in a game where it’s tight and you want to get the ball in the box, you need a centre-forward like Harry Kane or a Lewandowski.

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Left-wing – Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

As much as Firmino, Mane has been my favourite Liverpool player and has been so impressive in the last year.

It’s not just how many goals he scored, or the chances created, but how hard he works for the team as well. For me, he’s been better than Salah this season.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Lionel Messi and his rival at Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo have both dominated the game of football for more than ten years and they have both achieved many things in life.

The debate on who is the best between these two players have been going for years and it will still continue in as much as these two players are playing the game.

Many football lovers will come out to say Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player on earth, while others will settle for Lionel Messi as their own choice.

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