Messi, Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic head World XI list

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic head the

list of candidates for selection as forwards in a FIFPro World


Neymar and Uruguay teammates Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are

also among 15 nominees for three places in the world lineup.

Contenders from South America include Radamel Falcao and Sergio


Manchester United teammates Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney,

and Aguero’s Manchester City colleague Mario Balotelli represent

the Premier League.

Africa has Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto’o in contention.

France’s Karim Benzema and Mario Gomez of Germany complete the


Candidates for other positions were previously announced.

The FIFPro World XI, chosen by 50,000 members of the global

players’ union, will be announced on Jan. 7 at the FIFA Ballon D’Or

gala in Zurich.