Lionel Messi has the chance to make soccer history…
The 25-year-old Argentine fútbol star, who just claimed his second Golden Boot award, is among the 23 players in the running for the 2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or award.
Should he come out on top, Messi, who made history by claiming the award the last three years in a row, would become the only player to claim the award four times.
But Messi will face stiff competition from several noted players, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Xavi Hernandez, this year’s runners-up for the world’s best player award.
Here’s a look at the nominees:
Real Madrid Players:
Atletico Madrid Player:
Manchester City Players:
Manchester United Players:
Robin van Persie
Shanghai Shenhua Player:
Bayern Munich Player:
The final three candidates will be revealed on November 29 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The Ballon d’Or ceremony will take place in Zurich on January 7, 2013, when the player who receives the most votes from coaches and captains of international teams, as well as reporters, will be announced.