Real Madrid teammates Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo have been named among the 30-man shortlist for the 2016 Ballon d’Or alongside the Barcelona duo of Messi and Neymar.
The prolific quartet are leading candidates for the prize, while Manchester City duo Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne have also been selected.
Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also up for the gong, along with Atletico Madrid pair Antoine Griezmann and Diego Godin.
Juventus trio Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala and Gianluigi Buffon are also on the current list of players being considered for the elite individual prize. For the first time in five years, FIFA and France Football will not be working together, meaning that only a panel of journalists will be responsible for crowning the Ballon d’Or winner. Previously, national team managers, captains and journalists voted.