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

last season.

National team captains and coaches, along with selected

journalists, vote for the award.