Marquinhos, Casemiro and Douglas Costa got the nod as the Selecao was the most-represented country as the first 10 players were announced from the prestigious list
Four Brazil internationals were named in the first 20 players to be announced from the prestigious Goal 50 list.
Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos, Real Madrid's Marcelo and Casemiro, and Bayern Munich forward Douglas Costa all earned recognition for their performances over the past 12 months.
Only Spain (five) were better represented than Brazil in the first two reveals of the annual award, which has been both recognising and ranking the finest players on the planet since 2008.
22-year-old Marquinhos has established himself with both club and country over the last year. He helped the reigning French champions to three domestic titles while also leading Brazil to Olympic gold and becoming a mainstay of coach Tite’s new-look back four.
Marcelo is also back in the Brazil side, after being banished for a year by former coach Dunga. A consistent performer for Spanish giants Real Madrid, he has instantly provided the attacking thrust from left-back that the Selecao had been lacking and played a major role in los Blancos' UEFA Champions League success last season.
Casemiro has emerged as arguably Real Madrid’s most important player during that time, turning in a stunning performance in the Champions League final as Madrid defeated city-rivals Atletico.
He has also impressed with the Selecao, and will be a big miss from November’s World Cup qualifiers as he continues his recovery following an injury.
Douglas Costa has also suffered injury woes and was forced to miss this year’s Copa America and Olympic Games but has starred for Bayern since his arrival in Germany, inspiring the Bavarians to a league and cup double last term.