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Ballon D'Or 2012: Breaking Down Top 5 Candidates for FIFA's Player of the Year
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The candidate list for the 2012 Ballon D'Or has been released, and it's as star studded as one would expect for such a prestigious award. FIFA announced the 23-man short list for the coveted trophy, and some of the biggest, best names in the sport have been included. 

But, naturally, there are some names who stand out above the rest of the pack. Some of the players listed on the short list have been so remarkable that they stand apart, and therefore have a better chance of winning the award. 

Who is on this shorter short list? Join us as we break down the five likeliest candidates to win the prestigious award. 

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