The new award is the result of the merging of the the Fifa World Player of the Year, which is voted for by players and coaches, and the Ballon dÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Or, which was awarded by journalists via France Football magazine.
Barcelona superstar Messi, who scored 34 league goals last season and has bagged 15 so far this campaign, won both prizes last year.
Midfield pairing Xavi and Iniesta both sparkled for Spain during their country’s triumph at the World Cup this year with Iniesta scoring the only goal of the games as his side beat the Netherlands 1-0 in extra-time in the final.
Also announced on Monday were the nominees for the newly-created Fifa World Coach of the Year award. The inaugural prize will be contested by Barcelona’s Pep Guardiola, Spain coach Vicente del Bosque and Real Madrid manager JosÃƒÂ© Mourinho, who last season guided Inter Milan to an historic treble.
The winners of both awards will be announced at a ceremony held on 10 January in Zurich.
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