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The Liverpool captain is joined on the 15-strong shortlist by former Tottenham man Gareth Bale, while Bayern Munich and Barcelona have three representatives each

Mesut Ozil, Steven Gerrard and Yaya Toure are among the midfielders nominated for the Fifa Fifpro World XI for 2013.

Arsenal's record signing is joined by former Real Madrid team-mates Isco and Xabi Alonso, with £86 million man Gareth Bale's performances for los Blancos this season, and Tottenham last term, see him also included.

Reigning European champions Bayern Munich also have three representatives in Ballon d'Or contender Ribery, Dutch winger Arjen Robben and Germany international Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Unsurprisingly, all three members of Barcelona's holy trinity of Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Sergio Busquets are nominated.

Juventus duo Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal have also been nominated but there is no room for Bianconeri starlet Paul Pogba.

The Fifpro World XI will be announced at Fifa's Ballon d'Or ceremony in Zurich on January 13.

Fifpro World XI Shortlist of Midfielders:

Xabi Alonso (Spain, Real Madrid); Gareth Bale (Wales, Tottenham Hotspur/Real Madrid); Sergio Busquets (Spain, Barcelona); Steven Gerrard (England, Liverpool); Andres Iniesta (Spain, Barcelona); Isco (Spain, Malaga/Real Madrid); Mesut Ozil (Germany, Real Madrid/Arsenal); Andrea Pirlo (Italy, Juventus); Marco Reus (Germany, Borussia Dortmund); Franck Ribery (France, Bayern Munchen), Arjen Robben (Netherlands, Bayern Munich); Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany, Bayern Munich); Yaya Toure (Cote d’Ivoire, Manchester City); Arturo Vidal (Chile, Juventus); Xavi (Spain, Barcelona).

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