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A Barcelona player will win the Fifa Ballon d'Or in 2010 after current holder Lionel Messi, along with team-mates Andres Iniesta and Xavi, were named on the final short-list for the award.
The three Barca players all shone for their club again last season, helping them to win the Spanish title again.
All three also played at the World Cup finals, with Iniesta and Xavi enjoying yet more success as Spain became champions of the world.
World governing body Fifa released a first short-list of 23 players in October but they have now narrowed it down to the last three. The winner will be announced in Zurich on 10th January.
The revamped award is a combination of the Fifa World Player of the Year award and the Ballon d'Or, run by France Football magazine, which have been run separately until now.
It has already been reported in Europe that Iniesta - who scored the winning goal in the World Cup final - will be getting the honour.
Meanwhile, Fifa have also announced the names in contention for their Coach of the Year award.
World Cup winner Vicente del Bosque of Spain is up against Barcelona's Pep Guardiola and Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho, who won the Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia with Inter Milan last season.
ARE FOOTBALL FANS THAT STUPID NOWADAYS??? This award is not for the player "who won the most in he past year"!!!! It's for the best footballer in the world - period!!! The three nominees...WELL DESERVED!!!!
Posted 16:50 6th December 2010
Wesley Sneijder! Best club player last year!
Posted 16:32 6th December 2010
I am from holland and i have to say Wesley Sneijder didnt deserve to get on the list. He has been rubbish for inter since the world cup. While xavi, iniesta and messi have been consistent. Iniesta was the best player of the world cup (imo), xavi,cristiano ronaldo and messi have been the 3 most consistent players of the last year. To be perfectly honest Wesley Sneijder had the luxury of having Esteban cambiasso at inter, and that made the difference between Barcelona and Inter last season. Not to mention we all have to agree that until the inter-barcelona game xavi was mentioned as the best in the world at his form back then.
Posted 16:29 6th December 2010
Don't forget Messi scored over 40 goals in all competitions last season and is undoubtedly the best player in the world. I would say however that Xavi or Iniesta deserve the award as they won the Worlds and the league and are the two best midfielders in the world and have been for some time - especially Xavi! Sneijder does deserve to be in the shortlist because he has been part of a winning team in inter and helped holland get to the worlds final, however I wouldn't say he's as good a player as those Messi, Xavi and Iniesta.
Posted 16:16 6th December 2010
Not sure why some people feel that Messi shouldn't be on the short list of 3. It is afterall the Player Of The Year not the Player Who Has Won The Most. So what if he had a poor World Cup by his own high standards. At Barcelona his performances are consistently of the highest order week in, week out and is worthy of his inclusion.
Posted 15:33 6th December 2010
Many have said this before me, but it's just wrong. Wesley Sneijder not only deserves to be on the final short-list, but also deserves to win this prize. A treble in club football as well as leading Holland to the WC final. As far as impact and accomplishments for the season, he easily beats the Barca trio. Shame on FIFA and shame on anyone blind enough to believe either of them deserve it ahead of Sneijder.
Posted 15:21 6th December 2010
anyone that thinks bale should be in this list is crazy, hes had a half a good season,get real.
Posted 14:54 6th December 2010
bale? are you joking me, he has a good couple of months and you expect him to be there. sneidjer should be there though he won the treble so that shocks me and he was inter's best player last season. iniesta is a fanatstic player, but other than have a quite good world cup he wasn't great lkast season compared to players like rooney, drogba, sniedjer, milito, lucio, schweinsteiger etc.
Posted 14:51 6th December 2010
haha no bale? get real! a hatrick and a few good games doesn't make u the best player in the world or theo walcott would have been the best player in the world when he became the 'saviour of english football' because he scored a hat trick!! in my opinion the award should have gone to Diego Milito of inter milan. he scored 30 goals in 51 games. he scored in the italian cup final, he scored the only goal in the final game of the season handing the league to inter, and he won them the european cup and first treble in italian history by scoring 2 goals in the final!!! if that's not enough to be named the best player in the world in that year then i dont know what is!!!
Posted 14:49 6th December 2010
What no Bale?
Posted 14:02 6th December 2010
Another strange FIFA decision. How has Wesley Sneijder not won this. An unprecedented treble last year and almost single handedly took Holland to the final of the world cup. That is ridiculous!!!!!
Posted 13:39 6th December 2010
i think its an absolute joke how wesley sneijder is not on this shortlist after winning the treble with inter and getting a very poor holland team to the world cup finals to so just cant understand it must be fixed just like the world cup votes.
Posted 13:29 6th December 2010
I honestly believe that wesley sneijder should be in this list ahead of messi , he won treple with inter & guided holland to world cup final i am really shocked !!!
Posted 13:23 6th December 2010
I do not see why Eto's name is not on that list. Eto was consistent and won three cups, unlike Messi who warn only 2 local championships. Iniesta and Xavi are understandable due to their Barcelona and world cup impacts.
Posted 13:10 6th December 2010
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