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Spain dominates 2012 shortlist
by Paul Kennedy, October 29th, 2012 8:49PM

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[BALLON D'OR: Breakdown] Spain leads all countries with seven players on the 23-player shortlist for the 2012 Ballon d’Or released by FIFA and France Football. Twelve finalists play in La Liga, including six from Real Madrid and five from Barcelona, including Lionel Messi, winner of the last three awards.

Italy is the only other country with more than two players on the shortlist. The English Premier League is second behind La Liga with five players among the final 23.

Messi and Cristano Ronaldo of Real Madrid are the favorites.

The winner of the award will be announced at the annual FIFA Gala held in Zurich on Jan. 7. Balloting is conducted by national team coaches, captains and media representatives.

Country
7 Spain
3 Italy
2 Argentina
2 Germany
2 Ivory Coast
1 Brazil
1 Colombia
1 England
1 France
1 Netherlands
1 Portugal
1 Sweden

Leagues
12 Spain
5 England
2 Italy
1 Brazil
1 China
1 France
1 Germany

Clubs
6 Real Madrid
5 Barcelona
3 Man. City
2 Juventus
2 Man. United
1 Atletico Madrid
1 Bayern Munich
1 Paris SG
1 Santos
1 Shanghai Shenhua

BALLON D'OR SHORTLIST
Sergio Aguero (Argentina)
Xabi Alonso (Spain)
Mario Balotelli (Italy)
Karim Benzema (France)
Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
Sergio Busquets (Spain)
Iker Casillas (Spain)
Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast)
Radamel Falcao (Colombia)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden)
Andres Iniesta (Spain)
Lionel Messi (Spain)
Neymar (Brazil)
Manuel Neuer (Germany)
Mesut Ozil (Germany)
Gerard Pique (Spain)
Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
Sergio Ramos (Spain)
Wayne Rooney (England)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast)
Robin van Persie (Netherlands)
Xavi (Spain)



4 comments
  1. Kevin Sims
    commented on: October 30, 2012 at 8:56 a.m.
    Just one Brazilian seems laughable given the impact of Brazilian talent around the globe. That said, I am unsure exactly which Brazilian might displace any of the names listed. What say you? Pato? Hulk? Alves? Cesar? Robinho?

  1. David V
    commented on: October 30, 2012 at 10:14 a.m.
    Actually, a couple of Spaniards should have made the list had the injury bug not him them... including David Villa. Next year, Jordi Alba will be on it. And Spain were robbed over the last few years, Xavi should have won 3 or 4 years ago, and Iniesta should have won in 2010. It is laughable that Rooney and Balotelli are on this list. In the case of MB, who knows why they picked him, in Rooney's case, they want the English audience placated, what a joke. David Silva or Santi Cazorla easily should be over these two.

  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: October 30, 2012 at 11:46 a.m.
    Xavi and Iniesta seems to split the votes in favor of Messi. Whenever there is a discussion on who the best Spanish player is, it seems that people are split between Xavi and Iniesta. this split is helping Messi who always has enough support to win the award over his two teammates. The same thing might happen again this year and Messi might end up the winner.

  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: October 31, 2012 at 10:37 a.m.
    Messi is not only a prolific scorer, he is a brilliant playmaker...look at the whole package and the decision should be clear.


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