City striker Sergio Aguero has been included on Fifa's shortlist for the 2011 Ballon d'Or award.
The Argentinean star has made a blistering start to his City career with 10 goals already in just 12 league and cup appearances following his move from Atletico Madrid this summer.
Mystifyingly, despite a series of consistently spell-binding performances David Silva doesn't make the list of 23 player nominess.
Eric Abidal (France), Sergio Aguero (Argentina), Karim Benzema (France), Iker Casillas (Spain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Dani Alves (Brazil), Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon), Cesc Fabregas (Spain), Diego Forlan (Uruguay), Andres Iniesta (Spain), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Thomas Muller (Germany), Nani (Portugal), Neymar (Brazil), Mesut Ozil (Germany), Gerard Pique (Spain), Wayne Rooney (England), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands), Luis Suarez (Uruguay), David Villa (Spain), Xabi Alonso (Spain), Xavi (Spain)
The list will be reduced down to three on Dec 5 with the winner being announced in Zurich on Jan 9.