Kaka, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been shortlisted for the FIFA player of the year award.
Brazilian forward Kaka is expected to be awarded the Balllon D’or as European Footballer of the Year on Sunday. He could equal compatriots Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Rivaldo by winning both titles in the same year.
It is the first time any of the trio have been shortlisted for the award, which was won by Italy defender Fabio Cannavaro in 2006.
The award will be made at Fifa’s world player gala in Zurich on 17 December.
The award is voted for by the managers and captains of the national teams of Fifa’s member countries.
In the women’s award, Brazilian duo Cristiane and current holder Marta have both been shortlisted along with Germany’s three-time winner Birgit Prinz.