Ronaldo, Messi, Ribery up for Ballon d’Or
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery are in the
running for the Ballon d’Or as the world’s top soccer player.
FIFA announced the finalists Monday after changes in the voting
rules made Ronaldo the favorite. FIFA gave voters two extra weeks
to choose from 23 candidates.
In that time, Ronaldo’s hat trick against Sweden helped increase
his total to 67 goals for Portugal and Real Madrid in 2013.
Messi has won the last four player of the year awards. He scored
45 goals for Argentina and Barcelona before being injured.
Ribery was already honored as Europe’s best player for helping
Bayern Munich win the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup
National team captains and coaches, along with selected
journalists, vote for the award.