Four players represent Real Madrid on the 20-defender shortlist for the 2013 World XI."The 50,000 professional footballers belonging to the players’ unions across the world that form FIFPro received voting forms to nominate their peers in a secret ballot for inclusion in their World XI – choosing the best goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards of 2013."
The subsequent shortlists will be announced as follows:
- December 3 - Goalkeepers || Iker Casillas
- December 4 - Defenders || Raphaël Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Pepe
- December 6 - Midfielders
- December 9 - Forwards
Recipients will be revealed at the Ballon d’Or ceremony held in Zurich on January 13.