Eight Premier League players have been shortlisted for the FIFPro World XI, with Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City all represented.
The European champions have four players on the 20-defender list, with John Terry, Ashley Cole, Branislav Ivanovic and David Luiz all in contention for the prestigious honour.
All four played a part in Chelsea’s dramatic Champions League campaign last season, although Terry missed the final following his red card against Barcelona in the semi-final second leg.
Manchester United have two players in contention, with experienced duo Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra both vying for a place in the team. Their place in the final 20 comes despite United losing the Premier League title on the final day and the club being knocked out of the Champions League in the group stages.
Barcelona players Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Dani Alves, Javier Mascherano and Carles Puyol are also on the list, along with Marcelo, Pepe and Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid.
FIFPro World XI - Defender nominees:
Jordi Alba (Spain and Barcelona), Gareth Bale (Wales and Tottenham Hotspur), Giorgio Chiellini (Italy and Juventus), Ashley Cole (England and Chelsea), Dani Alves (Brazil and Barcelona), David Luiz (Brazil and Chelsea), Patrice Evra (France and Manchester United), Rio Ferdinand (England and Manchester United), Mats Hummels (Germany and Borussia Dortmund), Branislav Ivanovic(Serbia and Chelsea), Vincent Kompany (Belgium and Manchester City), Philipp Lahm (Germany and Bayern Munich), Marcelo (Brazil and Real Madrid), Javier Mascherano (Argentina and Barcelona), Pepe (Portugal and Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Spain and Barcelona), Carles Puyol (Spain and Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Spain and Real Madrid), John Terry (England and Chelsea), Thiago Silva (Brazil and Paris St-Germain).