Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Xavi have been named on a three-man shortlist for the prestigious Fifa Ballon d'Or.
Messi, 24, claimed the accolade in 2009 and 2010, while Barcelona team-mate Xavi, 31, was third in 2009 and 2010.
Real Madrid's Ronaldo, 26, triumphed in 2008 and was second in 2007 and 2009.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been nominated for Goal of the Year, while boss Sir Alex Ferguson is in contention for Coach of the Year.
Rooney's overhead kick against City
Rooney has been nominated for his stunning overhead kick against Manchester City last season.
Also on the shortlist is Messi's clever chip and volley over Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny in the Champions League last 16 last season, along with Neymar's incredible solo effort for Santos against Flamengo in July.
Ferguson is up against Barcelona's Pep Guardiola and Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho for the Coach of the Year award.
The 69-year-old Scot led United to a record 19th English championship - the 12th under his stewardship - as well as guiding the club to the Champions League final, where they lost 3-1 to Barcelona at Wembley.
Guardiola also steered Barca to success in La Liga, edging out Mourinho's Madrid, who gained some revenge by lifting the Copa del Rey with a 1-0 defeat of the Catalans in Valencia.
Argentina international Messi is the favourite to make it a hat-trick of Ballon d'Or wins after another stunning season for Barcelona, scoring 53 goals in all competitions.
"It's great to win individual awards, especially the prestigious ones, but what comes first for me is winning matches and titles." Messi said.
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Remarkable story of Lionel Messi
World Cup winner Xavi was the architect of many of Messi's goals, while Portuguese star Ronaldo also scored 53 times for Real Madrid as they finished second in La Liga, won the Copa del Rey and lost out to Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals.
Ronaldo tweeted: "It's great to be again nominated as one of the Fifa Ballon d'Or final three contenders".
Brazil's Marta will be looking for a sixth consecutive Women's Player of the Year award but faces competition from Japan's Homare Sawa and American Abby Wambach.
The Fifa Ballon d'Or is voted for by journalists and the coaches and captains of international teams.
The award winners will be announced on 9 January in Zurich