Iker Casillas of Real Madrid and Barcelona's Victor Valdes are among the five nominees for the position of starting goalkeeper on the FIFA/FIFPro World XI.

The two Spaniards are vying with Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus, Chelsea veteran Petr Cech and Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer.

The only change from the 2012 nominees is the substitution of Valdes for Manchester City's Joe Hart, who has been struggling this season.

The winner is to be chosen in a vote of more than 45,000 players from across the globe and announced at the Jan. 13 gala where FIFA will present its Ballon d'Or award for world player of the year.

Casillas was the starting keeper on the 2011 and 2012 editions of the all-star squad.

The FIFPro World XI consists of a goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards.

List of nominees for the defender, midfielder and forward slots will be released in three separate batches over the next seven days. EFE