2014 Ballon D’or: Ronaldo And Messi Go Against Each Other Again

2014 Ballon D’or: Ronaldo And Messi Go Against Each Other Again [SEE Full List]

By Joseph Emmanuel | Staff Reporter on October 29, 2014
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo

World football’s governing body, FIFA has on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 announced the 23 players that have been shortlisted for the prestigious Ballon D’or, 2014, as with the winner will be announced in Zurich on Monday, January 12, 2014.

Six members of Germany’s World Cup-winning squad were selected in Fifa’s shortlist for the Ballon d’Or, with Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo maintains the leading contenders in the race.

Ronaldo won the award in 2013 being his second time and Messi has emerged victorious in the preceding four years.

Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have six nominees from each team, while Barcelona has four nominees and Chelsea with three players in the running.

Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Juventus all have one candidate each.

See 2014 FIFA Ballon d’Or shortlist:

1. Gareth Bale (Wales).

2. Karim Benzema (France).

3. Diego Costa (Spain).

4. Thibaut Courtois (Belgium).

5. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal).

6. Angel Di Maria (Argentina).

7. Mario Gotze (Germany).

8. Eden Hazard (Belgium).

9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden).

10. Andres Iniesta (Spain).

11. Toni Kroos (Germany).

12. Philipp Lahm (Germany).

13. Javier Mascherano (Argentina).

14. Lionel Messi (Argentina).

15. Thomas Muller (Germany).

16. Manuel Neuer (Germany).

17. Neymar (Brazil).

18. Paul Pogba (France).

19. Sergio Ramos (Spain).

20. Arjen Robben (Netherlands).

21. James Rodriguez (Colombia).

22. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany).

23. Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast).

 

Fifa has also announced the names of the coaches who are in contention to claim the Coach of the Year award, with Carlo Ancelotti and Joachim Low being at top expectations following their Champions League and World Cup success, respectively.

 

Coach of the Year shortlist:

Carlo Ancelotti (Italy/Real Madrid), Antonio Conte (Italy/Juventus/Italy national team), Pep Guardiola (Spain/Bayern Munich), Jurgen Klinsmann (Germany/ USA national team), Joachim Low (Germany/Germany national team), Jose Mourinho (Portugal/Chelsea), Manuel Pellegrini (Chile/Manchester City), Alejandro Sabella (Argentina/Argentina national team), Diego Simeone (Argentina/Atletico Madrid), Louis van Gaal (Netherlands/Netherlands national team/Manchester United)

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