Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer have been named on the final shortlist for the 2014 FIFA Ballon d'Or.
The trio were confirmed as the three remaining players in the running after FIFA cut down the shortlist on Monday.
Ronaldo is the current holder Ballon d'Or holder and will go in search of his third world player of the year title, having helped Real Madrid win the UEFA Champions League last term.
The Portugal captain was also instrumental in guiding his nation to the World Cup in Brazil, scoring four goals in the qualification play-off against Sweden to see Portugal through.
Messi also played a key role for his nation in Brazil - as Argentina made it to the semi-finals of the global showpiece before falling to Neuer's Germany in the final.
The Barcelona star has been crowned the world's best player on four occasions and will hope to cap what has been a record-breaking year with a fifth.
Messi not only became the leading goalscorer in La Liga with a hat-trick against Sevilla last month, he is also the UEFA Champions League's record scorer - overtaking Raul's 71-goal haul in the competition.
Goalkeeper Neuer is rewarded for an impressive year with both club and country, having originally been one of six Germans on the shortlist.
With Bayern, he won the Bundesliga and the DFB-Pokal last season while in Brazil he played a key role in Germany's World Cup success.
Neuer has helped to redefine the role of a goalkeeper with his performances in recent months - the 28-year-old often coming out and getting on the ball to act as an extra defender.
If the former Schalke man were to win the prize, he would become the first goalkeeper to do so since Lev Yashin in 1963.
Germany"s World Cup triumph is also reflected in the FIFA World Coach of the Year nominees, with coach Joachim Low in the running.
He joins Real Madrid's Carlo Ancelotti " following his La Decima triumph in the Champions League " and Diego Simeone of Spanish champions Atletico Madrid