Mats Hummels

There's only one centre-back on the 23-man shortlist - Paris St Germain defender Thiago Silva.

So what about Hummels? The Germany star was the bedrock of a Dortmund defence that formed the solid formation for their march to the Champions League final.

Silva may have won the Ligue 1 title with PSG, but the Bundesliga is arguably a stronger league and Dortmund finished second only to the all-conquering Bayern Munich.

If any defender had an outstanding individual season other than Silva, it was Hummels.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: