World football's governing body has announced the remaining candidates to win the prestigious individual trophy this year, with six Bayern Munich players making the cut
Ribery is accompanied by five Bayern Munich team-mates following the Bundesliga giants' impressive 2012-13 campaign, while los Blancos' £86million man Bale features after an outstanding season with Tottenham.
Robin van Persie, Luis Suarez, Yaya Toure, Eden Hazard and Mesut Ozil represent the Premier League on the list, though the Arsenal playmaker features after a great campaign with Real Madrid.
Usual suspects such as Andres Iniesta and Xavi have made the cut, as well as Paris Saint-Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The final decisions will be made by the captains and head coaches of the men’s national teams as well as international media representatives selected by France Football.
In early December 2013, Fifa and France Football will announce the names of the three men who have received the most votes, without revealing the winner.
The winners of the award will be revealed at the Fifa Ballon d’Or gala as part of a televised show at the Zurich Kongresshaus on 13 January 2014.
Last year's podium was made up of Messi, Ronaldo and Iniesta.
SHORTLIST IN FULL:
|Franck Ribery||Bayern Munich||France|
|Arjen Robben||Bayern Munich||Netherlands|
|Thomas Muller||Bayern Munich||Germany|
|Manuel Neuer||Bayern Munich||Germany|
|Philipp Lahm||Bayern Munich||Germany|
|Bastian Schweinsteiger||Bayern Munich||Germany|
|Zlatan Ibrahimovic||Paris Saint-Germain||Sweden|
|Edinson Cavani||Paris Saint-Germain||Uruguay|
|Thiago Silva||Paris Saint-Germain||Brazil|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||Portugal|
|Gareth Bale||Real Madrid||Wales|
|Robin van Persie||Manchester United||Netherlands|
|Yaya Toure||Manchester City||Cote d'Ivoire|
|Robert Lewandowski||Borussia Dortmund||Poland|