The latest Goal 50 for 2012-13 is fast approaching as we review the best players from all regions of the world over the previous season.
This is the sixth edition of the prize, which has previously been won by current holder Cristiano Ronaldo (twice), Barcelona star Lionel Messi (twice) and Wesley Sneijder in 2010.
As part of the build-up to this year's gong, we are running a series of polls asking readers to vote for their own best players in each position for what should be an intriguing debate.
After kicking off with the goalkeepers and defenders, we now put forward a number of high-profile candidates who can lay claim to having been the best midfielder in the world game over the last 12 months.
It was a glorious year for Bayern Munich with their Champions League success and five of the players crucial to their triumph are included in our list. Midfield engine Bastian Schweinsteiger is there, as is his central midfield partner Javi Martinez.
They feature along with wide options Arjen Robben - whose influence was decisive in the final against Borussia Dortmund - the impressive Franck Ribery and frighteningly consistent Thomas Muller.
Mario Gotze - soon to be of Bayern - makes the list due to his performances for Dortmund, as does Ilkay Gundogan, the man who scored Dortmund's goal in that final at Wembley.
Looking elsewhere, Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Sergio Busquets were again a magnificent trio as Barcelona racked up 100 points in La Liga, while Malaga star Isco was another player who took the Spanish top-flight by storm.
In Italy, Arturo Vidal's all-action displays and the creative class of Andrea Pirlo were crucial to another Juventus Scudetto, while Juan Mata continued to show his class in the Premier League.
PFA Player of the Year, though, was Tottenham's Gareth Bale, who scored 26 times in all competitions to attract the interest of Real Madrid.
HAVE YOUR SAY
In total we have 20 midfield players up for your vote to decide on the best midfielder for the 2012-13 season. Let us know your thoughts by voting in our poll and leaving your comments below. You can also get in touch via our Facebook and Twitter pages.