It’s that time of year again; the Ballon d’Or award is approaching and the nominated players have been released. Although you may think the list only really needs one name on it, that of a certain Barcelona player, surprises happen so often in football that we will enlighten you with the rest of the nominated players for the award, just in case.
Here is the full list of players nominated:
Sergio Agüero (Manchester City and Argentina), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid and Spain), Mario Balotelli (Manchester City and Italy), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid and France).
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus and Italy), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona and Spain), Iker Casillas (Real Madrid and Spain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid and Portugal), Didier Drogba (Shanghai Shenhua and Ivory Coast), Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid and Colombia).
Zlatan Ibrahimović (PSG and Sweden), Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona and Spain), Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich and Germany), Neymar (Santos and Brazil), Mesut Özil (Real Madrid and Germany), Gerard Piqué (Barcelona and Spain).
Andrea Pirlo (Juventus and Italy), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid and Spain), Wayne Rooney (England), Yaya Touré (Manchester City and Ivory Coast), Robin van Persie (Manchester United and Netherlands), Xavi (Barcelona and Spain).
The ten managers nominated for the FIFA World Coach of the Year award have also been released, and they are as follows:
Vicente del Bosque (Spain national team), Roberto Di Matteo (Chelsea), Alex Ferguson (Manchester United), Pep Guardiola (Barcelona former coach) and Jupp Heynckes (Bayern Münich).
Jürgen Klopp (Borussia Dortmund), Joachim Löw (Germany national team), Roberto Mancini (IManchester City), José Mourinho (Real Madrid), Cesare Prandelli (Italy national team).