Juventus stars Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal are nominated for the FIFPro World XI as best midfielders.
All this week FIFA are announcing the 55 players in contention for the FIFPro World XI, which will be announced at the FIFA Ballon d’Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014.
Today it was the turn of the midfielders, including two Serie A figures, both of them at Juventus.
Pirlo and Chile international Vidal are in the running along with the likes of Gareth Bale, Steven Gerrard, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.
FIFPro World XI 2013 midfield nominees:
Xabi Alonso (Spain, Real Madrid CF); Gareth Bale (Wales, Tottenham Hotspur FC/Real Madrid CF); Sergio Busquets (Spain, FC Barcelona); Steven Gerrard (England, Liverpool FC); Andrés Iniesta (Spain, FC Barcelona); Isco (Spain, Málaga CF/ Real Madrid CF); Mesut Özil (Germany, Real Madrid CF/Arsenal FC); Andrea Pirlo (Italy, Juventus); Marco Reus (Germany, Borussia Dortmund); Franck Ribéry (France, FC Bayern München), Arjen Robben (Netherlands, FC Bayern München); Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany, FC Bayern München); Yaya Touré (Côte d’Ivoire, Manchester City FC); Arturo Vidal (Chile, Juventus); Xavi (Spain; FC Barcelona)