Barca midfielder Xavi is also among the nominees.
‚ÄúThe whole world believes that he‚Äôs the favourite. He‚Äôs number one in this sport and after the year he‚Äôs put in, I believe that he deserves it. He doesn‚Äôt stop surprising us. He‚Äôs able to do just about anything with the ball. His qualities are unique, it‚Äôs a pleasure to play alongside him,‚ÄĚ said Thiago.