Global players' union Fifpro have released their shortlist for this year's World XI, with the final team announced at the Best Fifa Football Awards in London on 24 September. 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.
There is also no room for Bale, despite the Real Madrid forward scoring 21 goals in all competitions last season, including two in the Champions League final.
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Chelsea and Spurs have two players each, with midfield dynamo N'Golo Kante and Belgian ace Eden Hazard being joined by Tottenham pair Harry Kane and Kieran Trippier. Their captain appeared in all three games and scored once.
Luka Modric is named after his stellar season in 2017-18, helping Real Madrid to their third successive Champions League crown as well as starring in Croatia's run to the World Cup final. Both he and Gianluigi Buffon have been on each list of 55 since its inception in 2004/05.
The 27-year-old played a key role in their third-place finish in Russian Federation, which led to speculation he could replace Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid. Messi's club-mate Philippe Coutinho - who left Liverpool in January to join Barcelona for £146m - is also included. Midfielder Marco Veratti has dropped out.