Fifa and France Football have revealed the 23-man shortlist for the 2013 Fifa Ballon d’Or, with title-holder Lionel Messi, Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery and Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo among the candidates to win the individual award.
Ribery is accompanied by five Bayern Munich team-mates following the Bundesliga giants’ impressive 2012-13 campaign.
Furthermore, usual suspects such as Andres Iniesta and Xavi have made the cut, as well as Paris Saint-Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The final decisions will be made by the captains and head coaches of the men’s national teams as well as international media representatives selected by France Football.
In early December 2013, Fifa and France Football will announce the names of the three men who have received the most votes, without revealing the winner.
The winners of the award will be revealed at the Fifa Ballon d’Or gala as part of a televised show at the Zurich Kongresshaus on 13 January 2014.
Last year’s podium was made up of Messi, Ronaldo and Iniesta.
SHORTLIST IN FULL:
|Franck Ribery||Bayern Munich||France|
|Arjen Robben||Bayern Munich||Netherlands|
|Thomas Muller||Bayern Munich||Germany|
|Manuel Neuer||Bayern Munich||Germany|
|Philipp Lahm||Bayern Munich||Germany|
|Bastian Schweinsteiger||Bayern Munich||Germany|
|Zlatan Ibrahimovic||Paris Saint-Germain||Sweden|
|Edinson Cavani||Paris Saint-Germain||Uruguay|
|Thiago Silva||Paris Saint-Germain||Brazil|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||Portugal|
|Gareth Bale||Real Madrid||Wales|
|Robin van Persie||Manchester United||Netherlands|
|Yaya Toure||Manchester City||Cote d’Ivoire|
|Robert Lewandowski||Borussia Dortmund||Poland|