Tuesday, October 20, 2009

2009 Ballon d'Or (The Golden Ball) Nominees Unveiled!

The 30-man list of nominees for the 2009 Ballon d'Or has been announced. The list consisted of a Who's Who of European football. The most glaring thing is that there is no Italian player nominated in the top 30.

2009 Ballon d'Or Nominees

Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal)
Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal)
Didier Drogba (Chelsea)
Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
John Terry (Chelsea)
Fernando Torres (Liverpool)
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United)
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
Kaka (Real Madrid)
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Thierry Henry (Barcelona)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Barcelona)
Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Xavi (Barcelona)
Yaya Toure (Barcelona)
David Villa (Valencia)
Luis Fabiano (Sevilla)
Diego Forlan (Atletico Madrid)
Diego (Juventus)
Samuel Eto'o (Inter Milan)
Julio Cesar (Inter Milan)
Maicon (Inter Milan)
Edin Dzeko (Wolfsburg)
Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)
Yoann Gourcuff (Bordeaux)

Lionel Messi is arguably the favourite for this award this year. Adidas launched a video viral as a tribute to the player. Messi is known as "The Spark" in the Adidas brainchild "Every Team Needs..." series. In this series, Zinedine Zidane goes on a mission around the world to find the perfect eleven.

I would expect a high number of votes to come for Cristiano Ronaldo. Unlike other ex-Man Utd deserters, Ronaldo has done well in Real Madrid and his importance was emphasized by his absence in Real's only defeat to Sevilla. Too bad that he is now cursed by a hex placed on him by a voodoo attacker who is hired by a jilted lover. The description of this jilted lovers bears resemblance to a certain Paris Hilton. In the midst of all these nonsense, I hope that the 2008 Ballon d'Or winner, Ronaldo recovers quickly from his ankle injury and continue to shine for club and country.

This was Cristiano Ronaldo's moment, accepting the award in 2008.

My Ballon d'Or vote however goes to Cesc Fabregas who has really impressed me this season. He is the leader of the pack in Arsenal and his displays in the English Premier League have been awesome thus far.

The winner for this year's Ballon d'Or will be announced on 1st Dec 2009.

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