The International Federation of Association Football, commonly known as Fifa, has released the names of attackers; from which the World XI will be picked and announced at the Ballon d'Or ceremony in January.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the lead nominees on this year's Fifa World XI shortlist; and Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic also got nominated alongside 12 other forward players.
Ronaldo, Messi, Diego Costa and Neymar are the four players named hailing from La Liga and representing Spain.
In addition, four Premier League players were shortlisted, two forwards represented the German Bundesliga, three from French Ligue 1 and a sole representative of the Italian Serie A.
However, Galatasaray talisman Didier Drogba is the only shortlisted candidate who does not play in one of Europe's five top leagues.
Here is the Fifpro World XI Shortlist of Attackers:
Sergio Aguero (Argentina, Manchester City)
Mario Balotelli (Italy, Manchester City/AC Milan)
Edinson Cavani (Uruguay, Napoli/Paris Saint-Germain)
Diego Costa (Spain, Atletico Madrid)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid)
Didier Drogba (Cote d’Ivoire, Shanghai Shenhua/Galatasaray)
Radamel Falcao (Colombia, Atletico Madrid/Monaco)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, Paris Saint-Germain)
Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Borussia Dortmund)
Mario Mandzukic (Croatia, Bayern Munich)
Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona)
Neymar (Brazil, Santos/Barcelona)
Wayne Rooney (England, Manchester United)
Luis Suárez (Uruguay, Liverpool)
Robin van Persie (Netherlands, Manchester United)
The Fifpro World XI will be announced at Fifa's Ballon d'Or official ceremony in Zurich on January 13.
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