Messi, Iniesta and Cristiano for the Ballon d’Or

MessiIniesta and Cristiano are the three candidates for the 2012 Ballon d’Or to be awarded on January 7th.

Johan Cruyff, Marco Van Basten, Michel Platini and Lionel Messi are the only four players ever to have won the Ballon d’Or on three occasions, meaning that the Argentinean has a chance to go down in history as the first footballer to win the maximum prize for a football player for the fourth time, at the age of just 25 years old.

Despite ‘only’ winning the “Copa del Rey” at this year, the ‘Blaugrana’ is the favorite, taking into account that he has notched up 82 goals so far, just 3 shy of the historic record set by Müller 40 years ago. He still has six official games to outscore the German.

One of his adversaries shares the same dressing room, Iniesta, already outdid the Argentinean and Portuguese goalscorers last summer in the vote for the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award for the 2011/12 season.

Cristiano is up for his second Ballon d’Or, after winning in 2008. He is backed by Madrid’s historic league campaign, which was crowned champion with a record number of points and goals, as well as Portugal’s solid performance in the Euros, before being knocked out by Spain in a semi-final penalty shootout.

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