Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel has defended the inclusion of Dani Alves in the FIFPro World XI.
Alves has not played since May due to a cruciate knee ligament injury, which forced him to miss the World Cup.
"Surprised? No, it's logical to me," he said. "He played a top season.
"Unfortunately, he was injured before the World Cup. If he hadn't been, he would have played for Brazil.
"He is the type of player who can expect to be in a FIFA team."
Confirmation of the ex-Barcelona defender's inclusion in the best team from the last 12 months was among a raft of controversial decisions made during world football's annual awards ceremony in London.
It was an evening of peaks and troughs for Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, who scooped the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo's dramatic overhead kick for Juventus in the Champions League.
The individual awards were voted for by national coaches and captains of FIFA member associations, plus a select group of football journalists and supporters, while the World Players' Union FIFPro assembled the World XI.