"The 50,000 professional footballers belonging to the players’ unions across the world that form FIFPro received voting forms to nominate their peers in a secret ballot for inclusion in their World XI – choosing the best goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards of 2013."
The subsequent shortlists will be announced as follows:
December 4 - Defenders
December 6 - Midfielders
December 9 - Forwards
Recipients will be revealed at the Ballon d’Or ceremony held in Zurich on January 13.