01 Nov '11, 9am

Messi among 23 candidates for world player award

Messi among 23 candidates for world player award

Barcelona's two-time winner Lionel Messi has been selected among the 23 candidates for the Fifa world player of the year award. -- PHOTO: REUTERS ZURICH (AP) - Barcelona's two-time winner Lionel Messi has been selected among the 23 candidates for the Fifa world player of the year award. Fifa released the candidates early on Tuesday for the Ballon d'Or 2011 award. Spanish players dominate the list, with seven nominations including Iker Casillas, Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, David Villa, Xabi Alonso and Xavi. Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque was among the 10 candidates nominated for the world coach of the year award. Long-serving Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, Barcelona's Pep Guardiola and Madrid coach Jose Mourinho are also on the list. The leading three candidates from each list will be announced on Dec 5 in Paris, with the winners announced at ...

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