On Monday afternoon, FIFA and France Football made a joint announcement of the three finalists to win the Ballon d’Or 2013:
Lionel Messi, Franck Ribery & Cristiano Ronaldo.
Despite injury at the end of the calendar year, Messi is the current holder, having won it four times and has been nominated every year since 2007.
Ronaldo won it in 2009 and appears to be the favourite this year having produced some incredible form in recent weeks, particularly with a hat-trick for Portugal v Sweden to seal his country’s World Cup spot.
Of all the three, Ribery won by the most silverware in 2013 and was the leading man in a brilliant Bayern Munich side that swept up all comers.
Big disappointment there is no Zlatan Ibrahimovic on this list…
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