Robin van Persie has been included on a 55-man shortlist for FIFPro's World XI 2011, which is to be revealed at the FIFA Ballon d'Or in Zurich on January 9, 2012.

Van Persie joins the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Aguero on the list following a phenomenal goalscoring year in an Arsenal shirt.

The shortlist was compiled after the 50,000 professional footballers belonging to the players’ unions across the world took part in a secret ballot to nominate their peers for inclusion in their World XI.

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