Cristiano Ronaldo, Andrés Iniesta and title holder Lionel Messi have been nominated on the final three-man shortlist for the FIFA Ballon d’Or award to be announced in January.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Andrés Iniesta and three-time winner Lionel Messi have been named on the final three-man shortlist for the FIFA Ballon d’Or award which will be announced in January.
Ronaldo’s goals inspired Real Madrid CF to the 2011/12 Liga title and his performances at UEFA EURO 2012 were a key factor in Portugal reaching the semi-finals. Andrés Iniesta – who won the Best Player of the Tournament prize at UEFA EURO 2012 before picking up the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award in August. Messi’s Super Run This year also makes him the contender for the prize but it it enough of messi’s individual records to win the ballon d’Or.
The FIFA Ballon d’Or is an amalgam of the France Football Ballon d’Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year. The list was announced together with the candidates for FIFA Women’s World Player 2012 – namely, Brazil’s Marta, who lifted the Swedish title with Tyresö FF, and United States duo Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach.