Messi, Ribery and Ronaldo on 23-man Ballon d'Or shortlist

October 29, 2013
Messi, Ribery and Ronaldo on 23-man Ballon d'Or shortlist

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 teammates following the Bundesliga giant's 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 winner of the award will be revealed at the FIFA Ballon d’Or gala as part of a televised show at the Zurich Kongresshaus on Jan. 13, 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


Lionel Messi

Barcelona

Argentina


Andres Iniesta

Barcelona

Spain


Xavi

Barcelona

Spain


Neymar

Barcelona

Brazil


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


Mesut Ozil

Arsenal

Germany


Robin van Persie

Manchester United

Netherlands


Yaya Toure

Manchester City

Cote d'Ivoire


Luis Suarez

Liverpool

Uruguay


Andrea Pirlo

Juventus

Italy


Radamel Falcao

Monaco

Colombia


Eden Hazard

Chelsea

Belgium


Robert Lewandowski

Borussia Dortmund

Poland