Predicting 5 Newcomers to the 2012 FIFA Ballon D'Or Shortlist

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Predicting 5 Newcomers to the 2012 FIFA Ballon D'Or Shortlist
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Almost 11 months after Lionel Messi was named the 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or winner, soccer's governing body is prepared to release a 23-man shortlist for the award on October 29.

In this time span, new champions have been crowned and many players have upped their performance, joining the ranks of the world's elite.

The following five players are prime examples of that, and deserve recognition from FIFA based on their play in the last 11 months, .

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