23-man shortlist for World Footballer of the Year unveiled

Will Lionel Messi be crowned World’s Best Footballer for the 5th time in a row or will Christiano Ronaldo get it…for the second time? Or maybe there’s someone else who deserves it instead? The 2013 Ballon D’or shortlist for World’s Best Player and Coach of the Year has been unveiled. See the nominees below…

(1) Gareth Bale (Real Madrid/Wales) 
(2) Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich/Germany) 
(3) Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich/Germany) 
(4) Manuel Neuer (B ayern Munich/Germany) 
(5) Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich/Germany) 
(6) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal/Germany) 
(7) Robin van Persie (Man United/Netherlands) 
(8) Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich/Netherlands) 
(9) Edinson Cavani (PSG/Uruguay) 
(10) Luis Suarez (Liverpool/Uruguay) 

(11) Andres Iniesta (Barcelona/Spain) 
(12) Xavi (Barcelona/Spain) 
(13) Neymar (Barcelona/Brazil) 
(14) Thiago Silva (PSG/Brazil) 
(15) Radamel Falcao (Monaco/Colombia)
(16) Andrea Pirlo (Juventus/Italy) 
(17) Frank Ribery (Bayern Munich/France) 
(18) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Portugal)
(19) Eden Hazard (Chelsea/Belgium) 
(20) Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG/ Sweden) 
(21) Robert Lewandowski (Dortmund/Poland) 
(22) Lionel Messi (Barcelona/ Argentina) 
(23) Yaya Toure (Manchester City/Ivory Coast) 

Coach of the Year
(1) Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid) 
(2) Rafael Benitez (Napoli)
(3) Antonio Conte (Juventus) 
(4) Vicente Del Bosque (Spain) 
(5) Sir Alex Ferguson (ex-Manchester United) 
(6) Jupp Heynckes (ex-Bayern Munich)
(7) Jurgen Klopp (Borussia Dortmund) 
(8) Jose Mourinho (Chelsea) 
(9) Luiz Felipe Scolari (Brazil) 
(10) Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) 


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