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The FIFA World Player of the Year is an association football award given annually to the player who is thought to be the best in the world, based on votes by coaches and captains of international teams. In a voting system based on positional voting, each coach gets three votes, worth five points, three points and one point, and the winners are ordered based on total number of points. The male award has been criticized for focusing mainly on players from the UEFA Champions League and largely ignoring players from the South American Copa Libertadores, which has produced more world club champions than Europe. The international leagues of the remaining confederations are also completely ignored. Alongside the Ballon D’ Or, the FIFA World Player of the Year is the most prestigious individual award available to any player. This year, whoever wins the Ballon D’ Or will most likely win the FIFA World Player of the Year, due to the fact that all the players in the shortlist play professionally for European based clubs. Here is the 23 player shortlist for the FIFA World Player of the Year.
NOMINEES FOR 2009 FIFA WORLD PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

Player
Nationality
Club
League
Age
Michael Ballack Chelsea 33
Gianluigi Buffon Juventus 31
Iker Casillas Real Madrid 28
Diego Juventus/Werder Bremen 24
Didier Drogba Chelsea 31
Michael Essien Chelsea 26
Samuel Eto’o Inter/Barcelona 28
Steven Gerrard Liverpool 29
Thierry Henry Barcelona 32
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Barcelona/Inter 28
Andres Iniesta Barcelona 25
Kaka Real Madrid/AC Milan 27
Frank Lampard Chelsea 31
Luis Fabiano Sevilla 28
Lionel Messi Barcelona 22
Carles Puyol Barcelona 31
Franck Ribery Bayern Munich 26
Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid/Man Utd 24
Wayne Rooney Manchester United 24
John Terry Chelsea 28
Fernando Torres Liverpool 25
David Villa Valencia 27
Xavi Barcelona 29
Profile photo of Ben Perkins About Ben Perkins

Ben started the site, then Soccer Equipment Reviews, in 2008 with the help of his brother Derek. With initial modest goals, he never really expected the site to go far, but fast forward to today, and Soccer Reviews is the site to visit for anything football related. He has committed to the University of Kentucky and will be playing for their men's soccer team for the next several years. He plans to study Sports Administration and become a professional manager.

Comments

  1. Ivan

    No Arshavin??

  2. come on Frank ribery or wayen rooney or didier drogba

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