1. 1st of November the list of 50 will be shortened to 23 players
2. 5th of December , three players will be named as finalists
3. 9th of January 2012 the winner will be announced
|Spanish Football based players: courtesy of Marca.com|
SPANISH FOOTBALL is well represented & especially FC BARCELONA which has 10 players on the list, while REAL MADRID has 5 players.
The 10 candidates from FC Barcelona are:
Eric Abidal, Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez, David Villa, Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta, Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique, Dani Alves & Alexis Sanchez.
The 5 candidates for Real Madrid are:
Iker Casillas, Ozil, Khedira, Cristiano Ronaldo & Xabi Alonso. A notable name missing here is Sergio Ramos.
Another Spanish Football born player is on the list, David Silva (Man City) along with Schweinsteiger, Lahm, Gómez, Thomas Müller, Ribery, Klose, Sneijder, Van Persie, Robben y Van der Vaart, Samuel Eto'o, Kun Agüero, Luis Suárez, Diego Forlán, Chicharito Hernández, Wayne Rooney, Neymar & Antonio di Natale.