Leo Messi and Neymar Jr nominated for FIFA FIFPro World XI
Messi has been named in the last six years' teams, whilst this is the first time Neymar has figured
Leo Messi and Neymar have been named in the list of strikers competing for a spot in the FIFA FIFPro World XI. The 15 candidates who have picked up most votes from their fellow professionals around the world were announced today and both Barça players are in the list, alongside Agüero (City), Balotelli (AC Milan), Cavani, Ibrahimovic (PSG), Falcao (Monaco), Mandzukic (Bayern), Drogba (Galatasaray), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), Cristiano Ronaldo (Madrid), Suárez (Liverpool), Van Persie and Rooney (Manchester United).
The winners, who'll form part of the FIFA and FIFPro XI , will be announced during the ceremony to present the 2013 Ballon D'Or in Zurich in January.
Messi - a regular in World's best XI
For Leo Messi, it would be the seventh time he's been included in the World's top XI, whilst Neymar would make his debut if chosen.
FC Barcelona have a total of nine players named as candidates for the awards, with Víctor Valdés in the list of five keepers, Alba, Alves and Piqué amongst the 20 defenders in the hunt for a place and Sergio, Xavi and Iniesta figuring in the list of 15 midfielders nominated.