FIFA Ballon D'Or and Coach of the Year: 10 Biggest Surprises from Shortlists

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FIFA Ballon D'Or and Coach of the Year: 10 Biggest Surprises from Shortlists
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A familiar sight: Messi has won the last four Ballon d'Or trophies.

The candidates for the FIFA 2013 Ballon d'Or were made public this week.

The 23-man list contained some surprises, both for players chosen and those left out.

The winning player, deemed to the best in the world, is voted for by captains and coaches of the world's national teams and selected members of the media.  

For the last four years, Lionel Messi has won the prize, and the Argentinian will be a favourite to make it five in a row when the results are announced on January 13.

FIFA's Coach of the Year shortlist was also released on Tuesday, with 10 notable managers—including Jupp Heynckes, Sir Alex Ferguson and Antonio Conte—in the running.

Over the following slides, we discuss 10 curious talking points from the two lists. Read on for more! 

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