Holder, Cristiano Ronaldo, and recently-named European Footballer of the Year, Lionel Messi, have both been nominated for FIFA’s World Player of the Year award, in a final shortlist of five dominated by Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Messi is one of three Barcelona players to have been named alongside team-mates Xavi and Andres Iniesta, while Kaka completes the line-up.
The original 23-man shortlist boasted eight Premier League players, but none have made it to the final five.
England striker Kelly Smith is up against Brazil’s Cristiane and Marta and Germany’s Inka Grings and Birgit Prinz for the women’s award.
Two new awards have been introduced for 2009; the FIFA Puskas Award, and the FIFA/FIFPro World XI. The Puskas Award, created in honour of Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskas, will be awarded to the “most beautiful goal” during the year, while the World XI will name the best 11 players in the world, as voted for by professional players around the globe.
The winners will be announced on December 21 in Zurich.