Every football fan who has been following the beautiful game of late were aware of Messi's and Ronaldo's performance. So, it was understood that these two players would make the cut. It was for the other final spot, which had plenty of contenders, with the fight expected among Falcao, Iniesta and Andrea Pirlo, but Iniesta must be lucky to be included in the final three, for many had expected Radamel Falcao to make the cut, as he has been one of the hottest properties of world football with his performances on the field.
The award holds a special place, as it is the coaches and captains of international teams along with journalists who vote for the winner. The FIFA Ballon d'Or award, which made its debut on 2010 was won by Lionel Messi and he also won it in 2011. Messi has the chance of winning a hat-trick of this award, if he does so this time around as well.
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