FIFA has revealed its 23-man shortlist for 2013's esteemed Ballon d'Or award. 

Bayern Munich dominate proceedings, featuring six players in the list, more than any other club in world football.

From the Premier League, Mesut Ozil, Yaya Toure, Robin van Persie, Eden Hazard and Luis Suarez found their names on the prestigious list.

Familiar faces, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta have become somewhat of a permanent fixture on the annual rankings.

In what may seem like a controversial decision, but Barcelona phenom Neymar has joined the aforementioned names on FIFA's shortlist despite spending much of 2013 playing for Santos in Brazil, whilst Chelsea's Juan Mata fails to make the cut.

The award has been won on the last four occasions by Barcelona superstar Messi, and he will be among the favourites to clinch the trophy once again.

Franck Ribery is placed narrowly ahead of the Argentine with the bookmakers, while Cristiano Ronaldo is rated the third most likely winner, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic fourth.

The shortlist:

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)
Edinson Cavani (Paris St Germain)
Radamel Falcao (Monaco)
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris St Germain)
Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)
Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich)
Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)
Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
Neymar (Barcelona)
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)
Andrea Pirlo (Juventus)
Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)
Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich)
Luis Suarez (Liverpool)
Thiago Silva (Paris St Germain)
Yaya Toure (Manchester City)
Robin van Persie (Manchester United)
Xavi (Barcelona)

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