Messi, Ronaldo & Xavi in Ballon d'Or war

Published: Dec 06, 2011, 11:08 IST | AFP

Holder Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Xavi were yesterday named on the final three-man shortlist for the 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or award, which will be presented at a ceremony in Zurich on January 9.

Holder Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Xavi were yesterday named on the final three-man shortlist for the 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or award, which will be presented at a ceremony in Zurich on January 9.



Barcelona superstar Messi won the inaugural award -- a combination of the France Football Ballon d'Or prize and FIFA's World Player of the Year award -- last year, having picked up both awards in 2009.

His great Real Madrid rival Ronaldo had won both awards the previous year.

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