FIFA Ballon D'or 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery have been announced as the three nominees for the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013. From these final shortlists, journalists, national coaches and captains will vote for the winner of the awards that will be held at the FIFA Ballon d’Or gala as part of a televised show at the Zurich Kongresshaus on 13 January 2014. From the 23 ma shortlist these 3 players are fighting it out for one of the world's most coverted trophies.  Here is a little bit of info on the players.

Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Franck Ribery
Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Franck Ribery
2013 was another great goal scoring year for Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese star helped himself to 34 of them in the 2012/13 Liga season, a haul beaten only by Lionel Messi’s 45, and scored a hat full more in Europe and for his national team. A player always on top form for Real Madrid and Portugal that just seems to get better and better, the flying forward, who won the FIFA World Player award in 2008, is only gaining in stature with Los Merengues, and it came as no surprise when he extended his contract with the club to 2018. Since winning an unprecedented fourth consecutive FIFA Ballon d’Or the Barcelona Whizz Kid has showed no sign whatsoever of letting up, topping the La Liga’s scoring charts once again and made off with the 2012/13 league title. Messi has been just as prolific on the international front, finishing the South American qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in the lead up to the World Cup 2014 in Brazil as the second-highest goal Scorer. With a third world finals to look forward to next year, the 26-year-old attacking wizard is bearing downing fast on another record, as he seeks to become the highest goalscorer in the history of the UEFA Champions League. The dangerous French winger did not have to wait long to exorcise the memory of previos losses in finals. Operating at a different level since those disappointments, he helped his side win all three competitions in 2013, adding the UEFA Super Cup for good measure. Moreover, he has also shone brighter for France in recent times, becoming a more convincing and decisive performer on the international stage. Reputed for his mesmerising dribbles, precise shooting ability, and explosive acceleration, those qualities could well keep Bayern on top at home and abroad and inspire France to force their way back into the limelight .


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