Real Madrid and Barcelona Player in fight to get FIFA World Player of the Year
Lionel Messi has the opportunity to add the FIFA World Player of the Year award to his Ballon D'or trophy which he picked up last week. In doing so, he would become the first Argentinian to win the FIFA prize.
The shortlist of five candidates is comprised solely of BarcelonaandReal Madridstars, with England's Premier League missing out altogether.
Messi is joined by Barcelonateam matesAndres IniestaandXavi, so influential in the Catalan side's Champions League victory last season, part of an unprecedented treble.
The other nominees areReal Madridstars Kaka andCristiano Ronaldowho finished a distant second to Messi in last week's Ballon D'or award.
The winner will then be revealed at the 19th FIFA World Player Gala in Zurich on Monday 21 December.