2013 Ballon d’Or award nominees announced
The nominees for the 2013 Ballon d’Or have been announced, with football’s highest individual honour featuring 23 players with the German Bundesliga leading the way with seven nominees, six of which are from Champions League winners, Bayern Munich, while La Liga comes in with six nominees and two former players.
The list was published by prestigious newspaper, France Football in the early hours on Tuesday morning and the list is a who’s who of the finest footballers on the planet.
Football experts from the FIFA Football Committee and by a group of experts from France Football. The list of ten coaches has been drawn up by the Committee for Women’s Football and FIFA Women’s World Cup and by the FIFA Football Committee, as well as by a group of experts from France Football.
In early December 2013, FIFA and France Football will announce the names of the three men and three women, as well as the three coaches for women’s football and three coaches for men’s football, who have received the most votes (without unveiling the winners). The three nominees for the FIFA Puskás Award and the FIFA FIFPro World XI shortlist for the best forwards, goalkeepers, defenders and midfielders will also be unveiled in early December.
Real Madrid has two representatives in Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, while Mesut Ozil, who was sold to Arsenal this summer, is also on the list.
Barcelona lead La Liga with the most representatives with four; Xavi, Leo Messi, Andres Iniesta and Neymar.
Atletico Madrid is also represented as Radamel Falcao, who was sold to Monaco this summer, is a nominee.
Yet, it is Germany that leads the race, with seven representatives, six from Bayern Munich; Thomas Mueller, Phillip Lahm, Manuel Neuer, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Bastian Schweinsteiger and Robert Lewandowski representing Champions League runners-up, Borussia Dortmund.
The complete list of Ballon d’Or Nominees is as follows:
Gareth Bale (Wales) – Tottenham Hotspur/Real Madrid
Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) – Napoli/PSG
Radamel Falcao (Colombia) – Atletico Madrid/Monaco
Eden Hazard (Belgium) – Chelsea
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden) – PSG
Andres Iniesta (Spain) – Barcelona
Phillip Lahm (Germany) – Bayern Munich
Robert Lewandowski (Poland) – Borussia Dortmund
Lionel Messi (Argentina) – Barcelona
Thomas Mueller (Germany) – Bayern Munich
Neymar (Brazil) – Santos/Barcelona
Manuel Neuer (Germany) – Bayern Munich
Mesut Ozil (Germany) – Real Madrid/Arsenal
Andrea Pirlo (Italy) – Juventus
Franck Ribery (France) – Bayern Munich
Arjen Robben (Holland) – Bayern Munich
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – Real Madrid
Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) – Bayern Munich
Luis Suarez (Uruguay) – Liverpool
Thiago Silva (Brazil) – PSG
Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast) – Manchester City
Robin Van Persie (Holland) – Manchester United
Xavi (Spain) – Barcelona