FIFA have revealed the thirty-five man shortlist for the 2014 Ballon d’Or, presented annually to the world’s best player as voted for by managers of international sides around the globe. Mario Götze and Mats Hummels have both been nominated from Borussia Dortmund on the shortlist.
Lionel Messi has won the award for the past five seasons, with Cristiano Ronaldo finishing as runner-up in four of those seasons. Last year, Wayne Rooney’s third-place was the first player not at Barcelona or Real Madrid to finish in the top three since Fernando Torres (then Liverpool) in 2008.
The six players installed by bookmakers as front-runners are: Lionel Messi, Daniel Alves, Andrés Iniesta, (all Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Lucas Leiva (Liverpool), and Neymar (Manchester City).
FIFA BALLON d'OR S2014 SHORTLIST: Xabi Alonso Real Madrid Daniel Alves Barcelona Holger Badstuber Manchester City Federico Balzaretti Roma Leonardo Bonucci Juventus Yohan Cabaye Manchester United Santi Cazorla Arsenal Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Dedé Vasco da Gama Cesc Fabregas Barcelona Ganso Sao Paulo Sebastian Giovinco Juventus Mario Götze Borussia Dortmund Mats Hummels Borussia Dortmund Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Schalke Andrés Iniesta Barcelona Shinji Kagawa Manchester United Fernando Llorente AC Milan Lucas Leiva Tottenham Hotspur Mario Mandzukic Tottenham Hotspur Marcelo Real Madrid Claudio Marchisio Juventus Lionel Messi Barcelona Mesut Özil Real Madrid Luka Modric Real Madrid Neymar Manchester City Gerard Piqué Barcelona Wayne Rooney Manchester United Sandro Tottenham Hotspur Bastian Schweinsteiger Bayern Munich Wesley Sneijder Inter Milan Thiago Silva Paris Saint-Germain Yaya Touré Manchester City Vágner Love Flamengo Andriy Yarmolenko Manchester United