Leslie Davies - a midfielder for the team in the Welsh Premier League - was nominated by a panel of journalists drawn from the 53 countries of European football.
Each voter chose five names to select the 32-man list, meaning several journalists would have chosen Davies.
Davies will fight it out against the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mario Balotelli and Wayne Rooney for the top award.
The player became a trending topic on Twitter after the nominations were announced, with several people amazed by the nod.
Comedy football feed OptaJoke wrote: "0 - Number of people in Leslie Davies's family who had heard of him, let alone the rest of European football. Shortlist."
The winner will be announced when the same panel chooses its winner on August 30.
Watch Leslie Davies scoring for Bangor City below: