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Messi among 23 candidates for world player award

Messi among 23 candidates for world player award

Lionel Messi is in the running for a fourth consecutive FIFA world player of the year award after being selected Monday among the 23 candidates for the 2012 prize.
Messi and Barcelona teammates Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique and Xavi Hernandez are on the Ballon d'Or shortlist.
A total of seven Spain internationals are in contention after the national team retained its European Championship title in July.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is again the only England player on the list.
Italian players feature for the first time in three years as Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli and Juventus players Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon have been nominated.
The leading three candidates will be announced Nov. 29 in Brazil, with the winners announced at a televised ceremony in Zurich on Jan. 7.


Updated : 2021-07-24 09:35 GMT+08:00