Chelsea pair Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard have been named on the 15-man shortlist of midfielders for Fifa's 2014 World XI.
They are joined by Manchester City's Yaya Toure, Mesut Ozil of Arsenal and Manchester United's Angel Di Maria.
Three Real Madrid players - Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and James Rodriguez - are also included, as are Barcelona duo Andres Iniesta and Xavi.
The entire 55-man World XI shortlist will be announced by 1 December.
The winners, voted for by 20,000 players worldwide, will be unveiled on 12 January at the Ballon d'Or awards.
Midfielders of the year shortlist: Xabi Alonso (Bayern Munich); Angel Di Maria (Manchester United); Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea); Eden Hazard (Chelsea); Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona); Andres Iniesta (Barcelona); Toni Kroos (Real Madrid); Luka Modric (Real Madrid); Mesut Ozil (Arsenal); Andrea Pirlo (Juventus); Paul Pogba (Juventus); James Rodriguez (Real Madrid); Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich); Yaya Toure (Manchester City); Arturo Vidal (Juventus).