Ibrahimovic joins Ronaldo, Messi among World XI forward finalists

The Paris Saint-Germain striker made the cut, along with the likes of Luis Suarez, Mario Balotelli and Robin van Persie.
Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been nominated for the FIFpro World XI along with 14 other forwards, including Ballon d'Or finalists Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo and Messi are two of four nominees hailing from La Liga, with Diego Costa and Neymar plying their trade in Spain's flight as well. Luis Suarez, Robin van Persie, Sergio Aguero and Wayne Rooney represent the Premier League, while Mario Mandzukic and Robert Lewandowski are the two Bundesliga stars making the 15-man short list.

PSG's Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani defend Ligue 1's honor alongside Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, while Mario Balotelli is Serie A's sole representative. Cote d'Ivoire international Didier Drogba, meanwhile, is the only candidate who does not play in one of Europe's five top leagues.

The FIFpro World XI will be announced at FIFA's Ballon d'Or ceremony in Zurich on Jan. 13.

FIFpro World XI short list for forwards:

Sergio Aguero (Argentina, Manchester City); Mario Balotelli (Italy, Manchester City/AC Milan); Edinson Cavani (Uruguay, Napoli/Paris Saint-Germain); Diego Costa (Spain, Atletico Madrid); Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid); Didier Drogba (Cote d’Ivoire, Shanghai Shenhua/Galatasaray); Radamel Falcao (Colombia, Atletico Madrid/Monaco); Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, Paris Saint-Germain); Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Borussia Dortmund); Mario Mandzukic (Croatia, Bayern Munich); Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona); Neymar (Brazil, Santos/Barcelona); Wayne Rooney (England, Manchester United); Luis Suarez (Uruguay, Liverpool); Robin van Persie (Netherlands, Manchester United).