Sneijder and Villa head Golden Ball candidates

[AWARDS] Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder and Spanish forward David Villa who lead the World Cup with five goals apiece, are among the 10 nominees for the adidas Golden Ball, the World Cup MVP award.

GOLDEN BALL FINALISTS:
Diego Forlan (Uruguay)
Asamoah Gyan (Ghana)
Andres Iniesta (Spain)
Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Mesut Ozil (Germany)
Arjen Robben (Netherlands)
Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany)
Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands)
David Villa (Spain)
Xavi (Spain)

None of the past three winners won the World Cup. Ronaldo won it 1998 when he should have probably won the award in 2002 when Brazil was the champion. Ditto for Zinedine Zidane, who was the MVP in 2006 despite being sent off in the final but didn't win in 1998 when he scored two goals in the final for France.

PAST WINNERS:
1982 -- Paolo Rossi (Italy)
1986 -- Diego Maradona (Argentina)
1990 -- Salvatore Schillaci (Italy)
1994 -- Romario (Brazil)
1998 -- Ronaldo (Brazil)
2002 -- Oliver Kahn (Germany)
2006 -- Zinedine Zidane (France)

3 comments about "Sneijder and Villa head Golden Ball candidates".
  1. Walt Pericciuoli, July 10, 2010 at 8:13 a.m.

    Xavi

  2. Barry Ruderman, July 10, 2010 at 5:30 p.m.

    Forlan. And I am not a fan of Uruguay.

  3. Christopher Holden, July 11, 2010 at 2:17 a.m.

    If Villa scores in a 1 - 0 final then he gets the MVP by default, and the Golden Ball, and has proven to the world that a 5'7" 140 lb striker with a 500 lb heart can carry a team on his back. Well done Villa. You'd think opponents would mark him.

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