05 Dec '11, 2pm

Messi, Ronaldo, Xavi on Fifa Ballon d'Or shortlist

Messi, Ronaldo, Xavi on Fifa Ballon d'Or shortlist

Holder Lionel Messi (above), Cristiano Ronaldo and Xavi were on Monday named on the final three-man shortlist for the 2011 Fifa Ballon d'Or award, which will be presented at a ceremony in Zurich on Jan 9. Messi won the inaugural award - a combination of the France Football Ballon d'Or prize and Fifa's World Player of the Year award - last year, having picked up both awards in 2009. -- PHOTO: AFP PARIS (AFP) - Holder Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Xavi were on Monday named on the final three-man shortlist for the 2011 Fifa Ballon d'Or award, which will be presented at a ceremony in Zurich on Jan 9. Barcelona superstar Messi won the inaugural award - a combination of the France Football Ballon d'Or prize and Fifa's World Player of the Year award - last year, having picked up both awards in 2009. His great Real Madrid rival Ronaldo had won both awards the previous year. ...

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