Ballon d’Or : 30 down to 10

Man United striker Wayne Rooney has been shortlisted for this year’s Ballon d’Or (in other words the best player in the Europe. Rooney’s name is alongside two other Premier League stars and four Barcelona players. Former Man United star and current holder Cristiano Ronaldo is also in the list of 10.

Soccer: Training - Manchester United May 20

Here are the 10 names up for the award-

Wayne Rooney – Man United
Steven Gerrard - Liverpool
Didier Drogba - Chelsea
Lionel Messi - Barcelona
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Barcelona (was Inter Milan last season)
Xavi - Barcelona
Andres Iniesta – Barcelona
Samuel Eto’o – Inter Milan (was Barcelona last season)
Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid (was Man United last season)
Kaka – Real Madrid (was AC Milan last season)

The list has been cut from 30 down to 10. Liverpool striker Fernando Torres was 11th, Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas was 12th, Man United winger Ryan Giggs 14th. United defender Nemanja Vidic was 16th, Arsenal striker Andrey Arshavin and Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard were joint 21st. Finally Chelsea defender John Terry was 26th.

The favourite to win the award is Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

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