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

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team's third goal  during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield on December 7, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistDecember 10, 2013

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
NameCurrent Club
Sergio AgueroManchester City
Mario BalotelliAC Milan
Edinson CavaniParis Saint-Germain
Diego CostaAtletico Madrid
Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid
Didier DrogbaGalatasaray
Radamel FalcaoMonaco
Zlatan IbrahimovicParis Saint-Germain
Robert LewandowskiBorussia Dortmund
Mario MandzukicBayern Munich
Lionel MessiBarcelona
NeymarBarcelona
Robin van PersieManchester United
Wayne RooneyManchester United
Luis SuarezLiverpool
ESPN

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 AlonsoReal Madrid
Gareth BaleReal Madrid
Sergio BusquetsBarcelona
Steven GerrardLiverpool
Andres IniestaBarcelona
IscoReal Madrid
Mesut OzilArsenal
Andrea PirloJuventus
Marco ReusBorussia Dortmund
Franck RiberyBayern Munich
Arjen RobbenBayern Munich
Bastian SchweinsteigerBayern Munich
Yaya ToureManchester City
Arturo VidalJuventus
XaviBarcelona
fifpro.org

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

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25:  Arjen Robben of Bayern Muenchen (L) celebrates victory with team mate Dante after the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdo
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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
NameCurrent Club
David AlabaBayern Munich
Jordi AlbaBarcelona
Dani AlvesBarcelona
Leighton BainesEverton
Jerome BoatengBayern Munich
Ashley ColeChelsea
DanteBayern Munich
Mats HummelsBorussia Dortmund
Branislav IvanovicChelsea
Philipp LahmBayern Munich
David LuizChelsea
Vincent KompanyManchester City
MarceloReal Madrid
PepeReal Madrid
Gerard PiqueBarcelona
Sergio RamosReal Madrid
Thiago SilvaParis Saint-Germain
Raphael VaraneReal Madrid
Nemanja VidicManchester United
Pablo ZabaletaManchester City
ESPN

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

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 28:  Goalkeeper Iker Casillas of Real Madrid CF sits on the bench prior to start the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 28, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by
Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

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
NameClub
Gianluigi BuffonJuventus
Iker CasillasReal Madrid
Petr CechChelsea
Manuel NeuerBayern Munich
Victor ValdesBarcelona
fifpro.org

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 WhoScored.com, 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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