price http://clintonhouse.com/wp-includes/class-wp-oembed-controller.php geneva;”>The contenders for the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the best player of 2012 and the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year 2012 awards have been announced at a press conference held at the Anhembi Convention Center in Sao Paulo.
It was attended by FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter,FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke, France football CEO Francois Moriniene, legendary Brazilian player Ronaldo and Marta, who won the FIFA world player of the and FiFA women’s world player of the year awards three and five times respectively.
The announcement made on Thursday in Sao Paolo comes as no surprise with the top 3 players in world football all standing a good chance of claiming the 2012 award.
The award is chosen by journalists, national team captains and coaches.
is considered the favorite to claim his fourth successive title, but Cristiano Ronaldo is justified to believe he can win the award given his La Liga triumph last season and his incredible goal scoring tally.
The winner will be confirmed at a gala in Zurich on January 7th.
The Portuguese ace was selected along with Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi on the back of a fantastic season at club level where his 46 goals in 38 league games helped Real Madrid claim La Liga.
Ronaldo will be hoping his efforts last season will be enough to pip his rivals to the award that he last won in 2008.
“For me it is an honour to be a candidate for the Ballon d’Or and for Fifa’s World 11, and I am very proud,” he told los Blancos’ official website.
“They are two very special awards and I think that being amongst the candidates is primarily the result of the hard work and support of my team mates, both at Real Madrid and Portugal.” Said Ronaldo
The Argentine has won the last three editions of the award, but his Portuguese counterpart has helped glacticos to the Liga title and led his country to the European Championship semi-finals this year.
However the Brazilian legendary Ronaldo Nazario Luis de lima tips Lionel Messi to win it.”Messi and Cristiano are amazing, the two best players in the world, but Messi does more to entertain fans,” he told Marca.said Ronaldo.