Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta were on Thursday shortlisted for this year's Ballon d'Or, football's world governing body FIFA and sponsors France Football magazine said.
Portraits of football players Cristiano Ronaldo (L) of Portugal, Andres Iniesta (C) of Spain and Lionel Messi of Argentina are displayed during the press conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to announce this year's FIFA Ballon d'Or trophy final contenders. Lionel Messi,
Barcelona forward Messi, 25, has already won the title three times and the Argentine is again favourite to win the prize, which will be presented in Zurich on January 7 after votes from journalists, national team captains and coaches.
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