Elsewhere, in the early hours of Tuesday morning FIFA and France Football announced their 23-man shortlist for this year's FIFA Ballon d'Or award.
In a lineup of few surprises, reigning Champions League winners Bayern Munich have the most nominations with six, with Franck Ribery widely regarded as one of the favourites for this year's award.
There are nominations as usual for Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta—while the world's most expensive player, Gareth Bale, gets a nod despite a difficult start to life at Real Madrid.
The captains and head coaches of each national team, along with selected members of the media, will now vote for their winner, with the top three being announced in December.
The full FIFA Ballon d'Or shortlist:
Gareth Bale (Wales), Edinson Cavani (Uruguay), Radamel Falcao (Colombia), Eden Hazard (Belgium), Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden), Andrés Iniesta (Spain), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Robert Lewandowski (Poland), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Thomas Müller (Germany), Manuel Neuer (Germany), Neymar (Brazil), Mesut Özil (Germany), Andrea Pirlo (Italy), Franck Ribéry (France), Arjen Robben (Netherlands), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Luis Suárez (Uruguay), Thiago Silva (Brazil), Yaya Touré (Côte d’Ivoire), Robin Van Persie (Netherlands), Xavi (Spain).