FIFPro World XI Nominees: Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and More

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FIFPro World XI Nominees: Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and More
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Liverpool's Luis Suarez has been named alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on FIFA's 15-man forwards shortlist to be considered for the 2013 FIFA FIFPro World XI, reported by ESPN.

The Uruguayan's nomination comes days after he was left off UEFA's final list of 40 for the Fans' Team of the Year vote, per Jack Gaughan of the Daily Mail. Suarez's name joins the most prolific strikers in the world across the calendar year, as outlined in ESPN's article:

2013 FIFA FIFPro World XI Nominations: Forwards
Name Current Club
Sergio Aguero Manchester City
Mario Balotelli AC Milan
Edinson Cavani Paris Saint-Germain
Diego Costa Atletico Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid
Didier Drogba Galatasaray
Radamel Falcao Monaco
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Paris Saint-Germain
Robert Lewandowski Borussia Dortmund
Mario Mandzukic Bayern Munich
Lionel Messi Barcelona
Neymar Barcelona
Robin van Persie Manchester United
Wayne Rooney Manchester United
Luis Suarez Liverpool


As usual, this year's FIFPro World XI is voted for by professional players and takes world-class names into equal consideration with lesser known stars, per the organisation's official website.

Suarez has been deemed worthy of a nomination by his peers and will be in with an excellent shot of making the final team after his stunning four-goal haul against Norwich caught the attention of many across the globe.

FIFA also announced the midfielders who can expect to be considered for inclusion, including Gareth Bale of Real Madrid and Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund, two players who could be considered forwards these days.

2013 FIFA FIFPro World XI Nominations: Midfielders
Xabi Alonso Real Madrid
Gareth Bale Real Madrid
Sergio Busquets Barcelona
Steven Gerrard Liverpool
Andres Iniesta Barcelona
Isco Real Madrid
Mesut Ozil Arsenal
Andrea Pirlo Juventus
Marco Reus Borussia Dortmund
Franck Ribery Bayern Munich
Arjen Robben Bayern Munich
Bastian Schweinsteiger Bayern Munich
Yaya Toure Manchester City
Arturo Vidal Juventus
Xavi Barcelona

Steven Gerrard is the only Liverpool player to join Suarez on the nominations list, while Edinson Cavani helps bolster Uruguay's representation.

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Bayern Munich dominate across the board with multiple inclusions, signalling a year of dominance for last season's treble winners. This is particularly apparent in defence, where the side's entire back line is included for consideration.

2013 FIFA FIFPro World XI Nominations: Defenders
Name Current Club
David Alaba Bayern Munich
Jordi Alba Barcelona
Dani Alves Barcelona
Leighton Baines Everton
Jerome Boateng Bayern Munich
Ashley Cole Chelsea
Dante Bayern Munich
Mats Hummels Borussia Dortmund
Branislav Ivanovic Chelsea
Philipp Lahm Bayern Munich
David Luiz Chelsea
Vincent Kompany Manchester City
Marcelo Real Madrid
Pepe Real Madrid
Gerard Pique Barcelona
Sergio Ramos Real Madrid
Thiago Silva Paris Saint-Germain
Raphael Varane Real Madrid
Nemanja Vidic Manchester United
Pablo Zabaleta Manchester City


Quite remarkably, Iker Casillas makes it into the top five goalkeepers, despite spending much of the year on the sidelines.

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This comes after the stopper won La Liga's "Fair Play" award for doing the same, per Real Madrid's official website. Whatever Casillas is doing, he appears to be a popular soul away from the pitch.

2013 FIFA FIFPro World XI Nominations: Goalkeepers
Name Club
Gianluigi Buffon Juventus
Iker Casillas Real Madrid
Petr Cech Chelsea
Manuel Neuer Bayern Munich
Victor Valdes Barcelona

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Suarez and his competitors will find out their fate when the team is revealed at FIFA's Ballon d'Or ceremony on Jan. 13 in Zurich, Switzerland.

The player's consistency and cutting edge has seen him net 14 goals in 10 appearances this season, per, helping Liverpool to second place in the Premier League.

Suarez's recent form will improve his chances of making the final XI, although he faces intense competition from the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Radamel Falcao if he is going to succeed.

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