Barcelona have eight players on the 2011 FIFA Ballon D’Or short-list. Real Madrid have five. Stoke City have none…again.
Champions League holders Barca have the highest number of entries including last year’s winner Lionel Messi.
Arsenal can take some credit for the inclusion of Cesc Fabregas while Xavi, Andres Iniesta, David Villa, Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, and Eric Abidal make up the rest of the Nou Camp contingent.
Their great rivals Real Madrid have five entries led by Christiano Ronaldo. The others are Iker Casillas, Karim Benzema, Xabi Alonso, and Mesut Ozil.
Wayne Rooney, Sergio Aguero, Luis Suarez and Nani are the four entries from ‘the best league in the world’. Glenn Whelan misses out again.
FIFA Ballon d’Or shortlist: Éric Abidal (France), Sergio Aguero (Argentina), Karim Benzema (France), Iker Casillas (Spain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Dani Alves (Brazil), Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon), Cesc Fàbregas (Spain), Diego Forlán (Uruguay), Andrés Iniesta (Spain), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Thomas Muller (Germany), Nani (Portugal), Neymar (Brazil), Mesut Ozil (Germany), Gerard Piqué (Spain), Wayne Rooney (England), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands), Luis Suárez (Uruguay), David Villa (Spain), Xabi Alonso (Spain), Xavi (Spain).