Predicting the Ballon D'Or Nominees

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Predicting the Ballon D'Or Nominees
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The FIFA Ballon d'Or is the most prestigious individual prize in the game, given to the greatest player in the world every calendar year.

On October 29, FIFA will release the official candidates for the 2013 edition of the award. 

Here are the 23 nominees I expect to be named on the shortlist, ranked in the order I predict they will eventually finish in the voting.

It is important to remember this is not simply the best performers of the year, but rather who I believe that FIFA and their flawed voting system will rank as the top players.

For example, Juan Mata or Javi Martinez, who played crucial roles for their respective teams, would be selected ahead of several players on this list if it were up to me.

However, they have been ousted by some "bigger" names who, in my opinion, are more likely to be favoured by FIFA.


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