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Fifa have announced a 23-man list of candidates for the World Player of the Year award.

Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo, fresh from picking up the top gong in the FifPro awards, is the favourite to take the title.

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres and Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas are also among the front-runners as the pair have been short-listed after their success with Spain at Euro 2008.

2007 winner Kaka is also in the hunt, as is Barcelona's Argentine superstar Lionel Messi.

The winner, voted for by national captains and coaches, will be unveiled at a star-studded ceremony at Zurich's opera theatre on 12th January.

Fifa World Player of the Year nominees:
Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal, Togo), Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid, Argentina), Andrei Arshavin (Zenit St Petersburg, Russia), Michael Ballack (Chelsea, Germany), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus, Italy), Iker Casillas (Real Madrid, Spain), Deco (Barcelona, Portugal), Didier Drogba (Chelsea, Ivory Coast), Samuel Eto'o (Barcelona, Cameroon), Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal, Spain), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool, England), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan, Sweden), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona, Spain), Kaka (AC Milan, Brazil), Frank Lampard (Chelsea, England), Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich, France), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Portugal), John Terry (Chelsea, England), Fernando Torres (Liverpool, Spain), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Real Madrid, Holland), David Villa (Valencia, Spain) and Xavi (Barcelona, Spain).
Source: Sky Sports
 

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What have Terry, Drogba or Ballack done to deserve being on that list? Rio, Vidic & Evra are more deserving nominees at the very least. They were the bed-rock of our sucess and the best defensive line in Europe. There is no justice in the world if Ronaldo does not win.
 

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The inaugural list in this is always political. Nothing really matters until the final 3, and then upwards.
 

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if ronaldo doesn't win this award it will be shocking because over the last 2 seasons he has easily been the best player in world football but was overlooked last year , this time around it should be a formality but sadly ronaldo's ego has also grown and his heart don't seem to be at utd anymore it's turning into the ronaldo show . hopefully if he wins he will settle down again if not then its time to move him on.
 
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