SPANISH FOOTBALL | SPORTS: FIFA GOLDEN BALL 2011 - 23 CANDIDATE LIST | FC BARCELONA HAS 8 CANDIDATES REAL MADRID HAS 5 CANDIDATES

FIFA GOLDEN BALL 2011 - 23 CANDIDATE LIST | FC BARCELONA HAS 8 CANDIDATES REAL MADRID HAS 5 CANDIDATES

SPANISH SPORTS paper based in Barcelona "Mundo Deportivo" has advanced the "exclusive" news that EIGHT FC BARCELONA players have made the cut of 23 player candidates for this years FIFA GOLDEN BALL AWARD. REAL MADRID has FIVE players in the 23 candidate cut, "leaked" tonight by the Barcelona paper.

Days back FRANCE FOOTBALL handed in their initial list of 50 FIFA Golden Ball players, that has been now cut back to 23 players.


FC Barcelona FIFA Golden Ball 2011 candidates
courtesy: Mundo Deportivo

The eight Barça players are Pique, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Cesc, Villa, Alves & Abidal. The five Real Madrid players are Casillas, Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso , Ozil & Benzema. France Football will make the full list of 23 players official tomorrow. Along with the list will be published the 10 Top Coaches Candidates which includes Vicente Del Bosque ( Spanish National Team), Josep Guardiola ( FC Barcelona) & José Mourinho (Real Madrid).

The lists are "odd" (some "obvious names are missing) & this has lead many media observers to suspect that "Big Marketing" interests may be "pressuring" to give the list variety & new names. Plus the "conspiracy" theory journalists suspect that those same interests wish to avoid a final 3 candidates situation from the same Club as occurred last year with Xavi, Iniesta & Messi all from Barça.

Note, this is a "leaked" Mundo Deportive "exclusive" & we should all await the official list from France Football tomorrow to be 100% sure.


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