Bale and Ribery on World XI shortlist
Gareth Bale and Franck Ribery have been named on a 15-man shortlist as part of the process to decide the 2013 FIFA FIFPro World XI.
On Wednesday, a 20-man shortlist was revealed to make up the back four of the star XI, which will be announced on Jan. 13, 2014, at FIFA's Ballon d'Or presentation in Zurich.
Those vying for the three midfield berths have now been unveiled, with Bale rewarded for his stunning season at Tottenham Hotspur which earned him a 100 million euro move to Real Madrid in the summer.
Bayern Munich's Ribery is also among the contenders, with the France international also in the hunt for the Ballon d'Or prize following his performances during his club's Treble-winning campaign.
Real Madrid's Isco, Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus and Juventus' Arturo Vidal debut on the list, while Barcelona's Xavi is looking to make the XI for a sixth year in a row.
15-man Midfielder shortlist in full:
Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid)
Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)
Sergio Busquets (Barcelona)
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)
Isco (Malaga/Real Madrid)
Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid/Arsenal)
Andrea Pirlo (Juventus)
Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund)
Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)
Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)
Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich)
Yaya Toure (Manchester City FC)
Arturo Vidal (Juventus)