World champion France had eight players, one less than former holder Spain, in worldwide players' association FIFPro's 55-name shortlist for its World XI of 2018 award. All three now share the record among defenders.
After beating nerves to help Egypt secure a ticket to participate at the World Cup finals for the first time in 28 years, Salah's unfortunate shoulder injury, picked in Liverpool's UCL final loss against Real Madrid, prevented him from influencing the Pharaohs' run in Russian Federation, but he ended up with two goals.
However, United's Alexis Sanchez lost his place on the list following a tricky debut season at Old Trafford, with former striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, now of LA Galaxy, also dropping out.
Cristiano Ronaldo is also nominated for firing Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League, prior to joining the Old Lady over the summer. Messi, Neymar and Ronaldo were eventually named the attackers in last year's World XI. Ten of last year's world 11 are on the list excluding Juventus player, Bonucci who couldn't make it to the list.