FIFA Ballon d'or award nominees 2012

The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has released a list of the top 23 players in the world for the year 2012. The players were nominated by coaches and captains of the member nations of FIFA. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the two top players that are sure of making the top 3 list later in December. Another notable player on the 23 man list is Radamel Falcao of Atletico Madrid. The Colombian striker has scored three hat tricks this season and he was responsible for his team's Europa League success last Summer. The Latin America striker is the World's most potent striker at the moment. Other players that made the shortlist are Ike Casillas,Xavi Hernandez,Alexander Iniesta,Didier Drogba, Wayne Rooney,Robin Van Persie and more.

Going by a comment made by Joseph Sepp Blatter some few months ago, a member of the Spanish national team may be declared as the winner of this year's award. Spain defended their European title in Poland and Ukraine after a 4-0 win over Italy.