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17 Premiership Players In Ballon d’Or Shortlist

It’s that time again where the results of the 50,000 footballers belonging to players’ unions across the world have their secret ballot to nominate their best 4 defenders, 3 midfielders, 3 forwards and 1 goalkeeper.

Spurs fans will bask in the reflected glory of Gareth Bale making the cut thus far. Certainly his name stands out from some who’s recent form really is quite ropey.

Here’s the full listing…

Goalkeepers:

Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus), Iker Casillas (Spain, Real Madrid), Petr Cech (Czech Republic, Chelsea), Julio Cesar (Brazil, Internazionale), Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands, Manchester United)

Defenders:

Daniel Alves (Brazil, Barcelona), Gareth Bale (Wales, Tottenham Hotspur), Michel Bastos (Brazil, Olympique Lyonnais),Ashley Cole (England, Chelsea), Patrice Evra (France, Manchester United), Rio Ferdinand (England, Manchester United), Philipp Lahm (Germany, Bayern München), Lucio (Brazil, Internazionale), Maicon (Brazil, Internazionale), Marcelo (Brazil, Real Madrid), Alessandro Nesta (Italy, AC Milan), Pepe (Portugal, Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Spain, Barcelona), Carles Puyol (Spain, Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid), Walter Samuel (Argentina, Internazionale), John Terry(England, Chelsea), Thiago Silva (Brazil, AC Milan), Nemanja Vidic(Serbia, Manchester United), Javier Zanetti (Argentina, Internazionale)

Midfielders:

Esteban Cambiasso (Argentina, Internazionale), Michael Essien (Ghana, Chelsea), Cesc Fabregas (Spain, Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (England, Liverpool), Andres Iniesta (Spain, Barcelona), Ricardo Kaka (Brazil, Real Madrid), Frank Lampard (England, Chelsea), Javier Mascherano (Argentina, Barcelona), Thomas Muller (Germany, Bayern Munchen), Mesut Özil (Germany, Real Madrid), Andrea Pirlo (Italy, AC Milan), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany, Bayern München), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands, Internazionale), Xabi Alonso (Spain, Real Madrid), Xavi (Spain, Barcelona)

Forwards:

Dimitar Berbatov (Bulgaria, Manchester United), Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast, Chelsea), Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon, Internazionale), Diego Forlán (Uruguay, Atletico Madrid), Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina, Real Madrid), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, AC Milan), Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona), Diego Milito (Argentina, Internazionale), Arjen Robben (Netherlands, Bayern München), Ronaldinho (Brazil, AC Milan), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid), Wayne Rooney (England, Manchester United), Carlos Tevez(Argentina, Manchester City), Fernando Torres (Spain, Liverpool), David Villa (Spain, Barcelona)

FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men’s Football 2010:

Carlo Ancelotti (Italy/Chelsea FC), Vicente del Bosque (Spain/Spain national team), Alex Ferguson (Scotland/Manchester United), Pep Guardiola (Spain/FC Barcelona), Joachim Löw (Germany/Germany national team), José Mourinho (Portugal/FC Internazionale Milano and Real Madrid CF), Oscar Tabárez (Uruguay/Uruguay national team), Louis Van Gaal (Netherlands, FC Bayern Munich), Bert Van Marwijk (Netherlands/Netherlands national team) and Arsène Wenger (France/Arsenal).

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