FIFA announced the three finalists for the title of best player in 2013 and the prize “Golden Ball 2013”. As expected, among the contenders, names Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Frank Ribery. Nomination occurred without any surprises.
International association football favorite for the coveted award is Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo. Award Ceremony will be held on 13th January at a gala concert in Zurich, where is situated the headquarters of FIFA.
Award of a particular footballer shines for 2013 will depend on the decision taken by the captains and guides of national football teams. Also take part in the vote the professionals of football industry, chosen for this for the authoritative edition of football magazine «France Football».
Two players of the Spanish Football League declared among the finalists for the prize “Golden Ball 2013”. Argentine striker of FC “Barcelona” Leo Messi has spent 4 years in a row is the winner of this award, but this year his name is not mentioned among the favorites. Cristiano Ronaldo, despite the fact that it is not won with FC ” Real Madrid ” this season a single title , this year is the clear favorite for the prize ” Golden Ball 2013″ . Portuguese midfielder is in great shape, which demonstrates with his excellent game and scored goals. At the moment, he owns the maximum number of goals scored in the Spanish League, in European competitions and the Champions League . In addition, thanks to its marvelous hat- track of the Portuguese national team qualified for the last time for the World Cup in 2014, beating Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic team .
The only drawback, and a negative factor to Cristiano Ronaldo won the trophy “Golden Ball 2013” may be the fact that in 2013, the Portuguese did not win any of the titles with FC “Real Madrid “, while another bidder Franck Ribery for the award won 3 team trophy with FC “Bayern Munich” .In case of victory of Ribery, he will become the second Frenchman in history to win the honorary title of best player of the year, after Zinedine Zidane received the award in 1998.