Real Madrid has been second best to Barcelona this season and the Spanish champions scored another minor victory over their rivals Monday as the FIFA Ballon d’Or shortlist was announced. After trouncing Real 4-0 in the recent El Clasico, Barca has two representatives in the running to be crowned the 2015 world footballer of the year, strikers Lionel Messi and Neymar, from Argentina and Brazil respectively.

Real forward Cristiano Ronaldo winner of the last two awards is the other contender on the three-man list. The Portuguese forward and Messi have accounted for the last seven FIFA Ballon d’Or titles, Barcelona’s talisman winning four to Ronaldo’s three.

-Oyaro