He is one of two Brazilians on the list, along with Corinthians midfielder Paulinho.
Both could enhance their prospects in tonight’s final between Spain and Brazil. Andres Iniesta, Sergio Ramos, Andrea Pirlo and Luis Suarez are also in contention for the award.
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