Although the full official list will not be released until Nov 1, according to Mundo Deportivo, the Manchester United star will be the solitary Englishman in the running for the accolade in January 2012.
He will be joined by fellow Red Devil Javier Hernandez, as well as Manchester City's David Silva and Sergio Aguero.
Liverpool fans will also have something to cheer about, as Luis Suarez also made the list, while Arsenal supporters will be rooting for talisman Robin Van Persie, according to reports in Metro.
However, there is a high possibility that the award will end up in Spain instead, with Barcelona dominating the list with nine candidates, including current holder Lionel Messi, as well as Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol, David Villa, Cesc Fabregas, Dani Alves, and Eric Abidal.
The list of La Liga stars was augmented by the additions of Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso, Iker Casillas, Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira.
The Bundesliga was represented by Thomas Mueller, Philip Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Gomez and Franck Ribery.
Serie A, on the other hand, was represented by Lazio's Miroslav Klose, Inter Milan's Wesley Sneijder and Diego Forlan, as well as their lone Italian representative, Udinese striker Antonio de Natale.
The final three to emerge from the list will be announced on 5 Dec, after a ballot by national coaches and captains, and a gala dinner to be held in Zurich to announced the final winner.
Lionel Messi got the prize for the best player in the world in 2009 and 2010, and will certainly be aiming to complete the hat-trick in 2012.
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