Lionel Messie has scored an impressive 82 goals since January. He needs only three goals more in 2012 to equal Gerd Muller’s record of (85 goals). Messi helped Barcelona to the Copa del Rey in 2011-12, while also guiding Argentina to top spot in their 2014 World Cup qualification section.
Ronaldo was the most important player in Real Madrid’s Liga triumph last season. He scored 46 league goals and also reached semi-finals of Euro 2012 with Portugal.
Andrés Iniesta won last summer’s European Championship and the Copa del Rey with the Blaugrana.
Messi already won the Ballon d’Or in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Ronaldo emerged victorious in 2008, was runner-up in 2009 and 2011. Iniesta finished as runner-up in 2010.
For the coach of the year have been nominated Vicente del Bosque, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho.
For the the Puskas award for goal of the season Radamel Falcao, Neymar and Miroslav Stoch.
Bruno Bini, Norio Sasaki and Pia Sundhage are the trio up for the Coach of the Year trophy in women’s football.
The winners of all of the awards will be introduced at the Fifa Ballon d’Or gala on 7 January 2013.