FIFA has released a 23-man shortlist for the 2012 Ballon d’Or and to very few people’s surprise, La Liga players comprised most of it.
Barcelona’s Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao were just three of the 14 players on the Ballon d’Or list that ply their trade in Spain’s top division. Others that also do so are Barcelona midfielders Xavi and Andres Iniesta and Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
Of the remaining nine players, five currently play in the Premiership. Manchester United strikers Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie were among those five.
Others on the list who do not fall into the above categories include Didier Drogba, Neymar and Gianluigi Buffon.
The winner of the award will be announced on January 7 of next year.
Here are the full 23 players on the 2012 Ballon d’Or shortlist:
Robin van Persie
What do you think of this shortlist? Is there anyone that should/shouldn’t be on? Does it even matter given that Messi will likely win it again?
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