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The shortlist for the 2012 Ballon D`Or award was announced yesterday. This award is one of the most prestigious (if not the most) individual award in soccer. The 23 players who have qualified for the 2012 award are; Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli, Karim Benzema, Gianluigi Buffon, Sergio Busquets, Iker Castillas, Didier Drogba, Falcao, Ziatan Ibrahimovic, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Manuel Neuer, Neymar, Mesut Ozil, Andres Pirlo, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Yaya Toure, Robin Van Persie, Xabi Alonso, Xavi.
Messi won last year and from what I`ve seen it`ll likely be a competition between Ronaldo and Messi. The winners are announced in January, so there is still time but I do think it`ll likely be another Messi win. There are a ton of players from club teams Barcelona and Real Madrid (Benzema, Castillas, Ramos, Ozil, Iniesta, Messi, Ronaldo,Pique, Alonso and Xavi are all from one of the two teams). While Ozil is my favourite player, I doubt he has a shot at winning this year, but it`s great that he was on the shortlist!
Who do you think will win the Ballon D`Or?
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