Paris-Saint Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and three-time winner Lionel Messi of Barcelona on the short list for the prestigious Ballon D'Or, which will be awarded January 14 to the best footballer of 2013.
Argentinian football star Lionel Messi could win the coveted Ballon d'Or for the third year in a row after he was named on a three-man shortlist Monday. His Barcelona team mate Xavi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo were also shortlisted.
Argentina forward Lionel Messi has won the 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or, which rewards the best football player of the year. Messi defeated Barcelona teammates Andres Iniesta and Xavi Fernandez, who were favoured to take the coveted award.
More than half our readers would like to see Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi receive a second Ballon d'or tonight in Zurich, ahead of World Cup winners Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta of Spain.
There will be no disputing who is the world's best footballer starting next year, now that FIFA has agreed to combine its World Player of the Year prize with the prestigious Ballon d'Or awarded by French magazine France Football.
Argentine footballer Lionel Messi, who plays for Barcelona FC, has received the Ballon d'Or 2009 award as the best Europe-based footballer of the year. The award was voted on by journalists from across the world.