The nominations were made by their fellow professionals through the global umbrella organisation of players unions, and Premiership champions Chelsea had three of their men named in the line-up defender John Terry and midfielders Frank Lampard and Claude Makelele.
There was, however, no place in the side for prolific Arsenal striker Thierry Henry, as Barcelona's Samuel Eto'o and AC Milan frontman Andrei Shevchenko topped the poll in attack.
Other English-based winners were Manchester United duo Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo.
England striker Rooney, 19, was voted FIFPro Academy's young player of the year, while 20-year-old Portugal winger Ronaldo received a special award which was voted for by fans across the globe.
The gala ceremony was held at the BBC TV Centre in White City, west London, where Pele was honoured with the FIFPro legend award to recognise his outstanding contribution to the game and current Brazilian star Ronaldinho topped the poll for
FIFPro's world player of the year.
Between April and July, some 38,000 professional footballers, who belong to the 40-strong player organisations across the world which go to form FIFPro, voted in a secret ballot to honour their peers in a world XI choosing the four defenders, four midfielders, two forwards and goalkeeper they most admire.
Dida (Brazil/AC Milan)
Cafu (Brazil/AC Milan)
Nesta (Italy/ AC Milan)
Maldini (Italy/AC Milan).
Zidane (France/Real Madrid)
Shevchenko (Ukraine/AC Milan)
FIFPro World Player of the Year: Ronaldinho (Brazil/Barcelona)
FIFPro Academy's Young Player of the Year: Wayne Rooney (England/Manchester United)
FIFPro Legend Award: Pele.
FIFPro Special Young Player of the Year Award: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Manchester United).
As voted for by fans across the globe.