Six Spaniards are among the 15 players vying for the three midfield positions with the 2012 FIFPro World XI, FIFA announced Monday.
Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Cesc Fabregas, all of FC Barcelona, are joined on the list by Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso and David Silva, who plays for Manchester City.
All six were part of the Spanish national squad that won the 2012 European Championship.
Two other Real Madrid standouts, Luka Modric of Croatia and Germany's Mesut Özil, are also nominated.
Rounding out the nominees are: England's Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) and Frank Lampard (Chelsea); Ivorian Yaya Toure (Manchester City); Belgian Eden Hazard (Chelsea); Italy's Andrea Pirlo (Juventus); Frenchman Franck Ribery and Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger, both with Bayern Munich.
The top three finishers in a vote of more than 45,000 players from across the globe will be announced at the Jan. 7 gala where FIFA is to present its Ballon d'Or award for world player of the year.
The FIFPro World XI consists of a goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards.
The goalkeeper nominees, announced last week, include Spain's Iker Casillas and English netminder Joe Hart. EFE