Gareth Bale has been included among the 16 contenders for the 2016 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award, which is to be presented on 18 December.
The Real Madrid and Wales attacker is one of two footballers to make the shortlist for the prize, alongside Leicester City and England striker Jamie Vardy.
The most recent football player to be named Sports Personality of the Year is Bale’s compatriot Ryan Giggs, who secured the gong in 2009.
The huge favourite is tennis star Andy Murray, after a 2016 that has seen him win Wimbledon, clinch gold at the Rio Olympics and end the year as world number one.
The winner is chosen by the public, who can cast their vote online or by phone on the night of the Sports Personality of the Year live show in Birmingham.
BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist:
Nicola Adams (boxing), Gareth Bale (football), Alistair Brownlee (triathlon), Sophie Christiansen (equestrian), Kadeena Cox (athletics/cycling), Mo Farah (athletics), Jason Kenny (cycling), Laura Kenny (cycling), Andy Murray (tennis), Adam Peaty (swimming), Kate Richardson-Walsh (hockey), Nick Skelton (equestrian), Dame Sarah Storey (cycling), Jamie Vardy (football), Max Whitlock (gymnastics), Danny Willett (golf).