The FIFPro Women's World Women's players talk about what it means for them to be selected.
More than 4,100 first division players from 45 countries have voted for their best team, based on their results during the year 2017. It is the third year in a row that FIFPro organizes this survey; The players have selected a goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forward.
Hedvig Lindahl (goalkeeper, Chelsea and Sweden) "One of my great goals is to be the best guardian in the world. It has been my dream, and being part of the FIFPro World Eleven, at least once, is something tangible to show my children. For me it means the world, really. I think of all the years of this voyage, in the ups and downs, and in all the people who have been there. People who listened to me when I was little and to whom I communicated my dream, and who told me things like: "Yes, very good. Good luck with your goal. "Now, I have something to prove. There are so many great goalkeepers playing, that I feel very honored to have been chosen by my colleagues. "
Lucy Bronze (defender, Lyon and England) "It's a wonderful feeling to be in the World Eleven. The prizes in which the players themselves vote are the best. This team is selected by the same players that are your rivals, therefore they have voted me because they do not like to play against me. I think I've been fairly consistent since my first big year, that of the 2015 World Cup. Getting to the semifinal of the Champions League with Manchester City last year gave me more exposure, and that's when people start giving you more recognition."
Nilla Fischer (defender, Wolfsburg and Sweden) "It is always very special when the players themselves vote, because we compete with each other or train with each other and we really know the skills of our colleagues. I feel very happy, proud and honest. It is not played for the prize, but it is a sign that I have been maintaining my high standard. I continue on high even though I get older. "
Irene Paredes (defender, PSG and Spain) "I did not expect to receive this prize at all. I joined Paris Saint-Germain from Athletic Bilbao, I've been playing in the Champions League and my performance level has improved. It's great to receive this recognition. "
Marta (midfielder, Orlando Pride and Brazil) "This shows that I can continue playing on the first level. I'm very happy. It is also a motivation to keep trying. Women's football is becoming more competitive, making it harder to stay in the elite. You have to have a lot of perseverance to stay there. But that is a trait of my character: the fighting spirit. When I grew up in a small town of 12,000 inhabitants in the north of Brazil, I had to face prejudice and discrimination because I was the only girl in a boys' team, and I had to work harder to prove my worth. "
Dzsenifer Marozsan (midfielder, Lyon and Germany) "It's really special that other players voted you to join the World XI. I feel very proud of this achievement. My transfer to Lyon from Frankfurt helped me improve several points: physical condition, leadership, teamwork. Those little things make me realize that I have advanced to a higher level. "
Camille Abily (midfielder, Lyon and France) "I have not won a trophy with France, so for me to get this recognition at the end of my career represents a high point in all my years in football. I feel very happy."
Alex Morgan (front, Orlando Pride and United States) "It is always exciting to be considered one of the best players in the world. For women's football, having our own World Eleven is incredible: it contributes to promoting women's sport; It helps footballers to recognize talent among their colleagues, and I am really happy to encourage and be part of it. "
Pernille Harder (front, Wolfsburg and Denmark) "This is a great recognition, really a great achievement. 2017 has been the best year of my career so far, and all the hard work I've done has been rewarded. I always work hard in training, and I also spend a lot of time analyzing my game. I watch the videos of all my matches to find ways to improve. Everyone likes that their achievements are recognized, so being part of the World Eleven is fantastic. "
Lieke Martens (front, Barcelona and the Netherlands) "It surprised me a bit to have received the most votes from all the players. I like it, but I know there are so many good players, like Pernille Harder, Eugenie Le Sommer and many others. Last year was very special. We have achieved something beautiful with the Dutch national team. It says a lot that six Dutch players are included in the list of the 55 most voted players.