THE TOP PLAYERS ARE AT THE TOP AGAIN
Lionel Messi , Cristiano Ronaldo , and Xavi Hernandez are the three candidates for the Best Player award for 2011 given by "FIFA" and and the French magazine "France Football". According to the media , the Argentinean who has won the Goden Ball the last two editions, is the favorite candidate to win it this year.
At the age of 24, Messi can be the third player to win this award three times and the second one to win it in a row.
Closer in the number of votes is the portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo who has won it before in 2008 while he payed in Manchester United.
Xavi Hernandez was the third nominated for the award . The midfielder from Terrassa who turns 32 this year has been nominated for this award three times. In 2010 many people believed that he could have won it since he was the creator of the game that led Spain to win the World Cup, but his friend Messi won it. This year will be a new chance for Xavi to win the award.
FIFA and France Football will announce winner in the second gala of the Golden Ball Cup ', which will take place on January 9, 2012 .