greeniefru (greeniefru) wrote in _fcbarcelona_,

World Player of the Year: The Candidates

Fifa have announced a 23-man list of candidates for the World Player of the Year award.

Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo, fresh from picking up the top gong in the FifPro awards, is the favourite to take the title.

The winner, voted for by national captains and coaches, will be unveiled at a star-studded ceremony at Zurich's opera theatre on 12th January.

Fifa World Player of the Year nominees:

Kaka (AC Milan, Brazil)
Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal, Togo)
Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal, Spain)
Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid, Argentina)
Deco (Barcelona, Portugal)
Samuel Eto'o (Barcelona, Cameroon)
Andres Iniesta (Barcelona, Spain)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina)
Xavi (Barcelona, Spain)

Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich, France)
Michael Ballack (Chelsea, Germany)
Didier Drogba (Chelsea, Ivory Coast)
Frank Lampard (Chelsea, England)
John Terry (Chelsea, England)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan, Sweden)
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus, Italy)
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool, England)
Fernando Torres (Liverpool, Spain)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Portugal)
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid, Spain)
Ruud van Nistelrooy (Real Madrid, Holland)
David Villa (Valencia, Spain)
Andrei Arshavin (Zenit St Petersburg, Russia,19528,11095_4427141,00.html

So, if you count Deco, we have 5 players up for this award, more than any other team. Even after the crap season we had last time. Go figure. Of course, it would be a major shock if C. Ronaldo didn't win it this year, but it's still nice to see our players recognised. Especially Iniesta, after he was snubbed for a Balon D'or nomination.
Tags: deco, eto'o, iniesta, lionel messi, xavi the conductor

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