Gareth Bale Only Brit On Ballon D'Or Shortlist (PICTURES)


Gareth Bale is the only Brit listed on Fifa's 23-man Ballon d'Or shortlist.

Bale, 24, became the world's most expensive player when he joined Real Madrid from Tottenham for £85.3 million in September after scoring 26 goals for Tottenham last season.

Barcelona and Argentina forward Messi has won the award the last four years, with Bale's Madrid team-mate Ronaldo consistently his nearest challenger.


Ballon d'Or shortlist

Franck Ribéry, who was named Uefa's best player in Europe for the 2012-13 season after helping Bayern Munich win the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup, is another prominent name on the shortlist.

Ribéry is joined by club-mates Philipp Lahm, Thomas Müller, Manuel Neuer, Arjen Robben and Bastian Schweinsteiger, while Barcelona also have Xavi, Andrés Iniesta and summer signing Neymar among the candidates.

Paris St-Germain trio Zlatan Ibrahimović, Edinson Cavani and Thiago Silva have made the shortlist, while fellow Ligue 1 big-spenders Monaco have a contender of their own in Radamel Falcao, acquired from Atletico Madrid in the close season.

Five Premier League players - Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, Manchester City's Yaya Touré, controversial Liverpool frontman Luis Suárez, Chelsea winger Eden Hazard and Arsenal's recent addition Mesut Özil - have made the cut.

Former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who retired at the end of last season, headlines a 10-man coach of the year shortlist along with Jupp heynckes, José Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Jürgen Klopp, and Spain boss Vicente del Bosque.


Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid/ex-Paris St-Germain), Rafael Benítez (Napoli/ex-Chelsea), Antonio Conte (Juventus), Vicente Del Bosque (Spain), Sir Alex Ferguson (ex-Manchester United), Jupp Heynckes (ex-Bayern Munich), Jürgen Klopp (Borussia Dortmund), José Mourinho (Chelsea/ex-Real Madrid), Luiz Felipe Scolari (Brazil), Arsène Wenger (Arsenal).

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