Monday 21st December 2009 is a date to mark in your calendars. Once again the world’s best footballers both male and female will gather at the Zurich Kongresshaus for the 19th FIFA World Player gala.
A total of 33 strong candidates make the list this year and the main focus will no doubt be in the male category where Lionel Messi will face-off with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Messi is considered the front runner for this award and just like i had earlier said concerning the Ballon d’or award, Lio will carry the day. As good a player as Cristiano is, this year truly belongs to Messi. In my opinion Cristiano might be the world’s most expensive player but there is no doubt as to who is more talented.
However, the final decision will be made by captains and coaches of national teams. They are the ones who will be responsible for either breaking the hearts of football fans worldwide or presenting a worthy winner. In early December, FIFA will announce the names of the five men and women who have received the most votes.
On the women’s side, the Brazilian maestro Marta will be looking to make history by wining the award a record four times consecutively. Marta is an incredible player. In fact i run out of superlatives whenever i try to describe her. For those who have never watched her play, she is the Ronaldinho of women’s football.
There are however, a few strong candidates who can kill her dream like her fellow Brazilian compatriot Christiane and English woman Kelly Smith. Abby Wambach of the USA and Brigit Prinz of Germany are also exceptional players. Prinz already has won three awards in previous galas and will be looking to make it four before she exists the professional realm.
In the men’s side, Torres along with Drogba and Ibrahimovic i believe are the other players who will definitely be in the running for this coveted award.