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FIFA World Player 2009 short lists

sports Updated: Oct 30, 2009 21:26 IST

The following is the men's and women's short list for the World Footballer of the Year award, announced on Friday by the ruling body FIFA.


Michael Ballack (Germany)

Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)

Iker Casillas (Spain)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

Diego (Brazil)

Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast)

Michael Essien (Ghana)

Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon)

Steven Gerrard (England)

Thierry Henry (France)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden)

Andres Iniesta (Spain)

Kaka (Brazil)

Frank Lampard (England)

Luis Fabiano (Brazil)

Lionel Messi (Argentina)

Carles Puyol (Spain)

Franck Ribery (France)

Wayne Rooney (England)

John Terry (England)

Fernando Torres (Spain)

David Villa (Spain)

Xavi (Spain)


Nadine Angerer (Germany)

Sonia Bompastor (France)

Cristiane (Brazil)

Inka Grings (Germany)

Mana Iwabuchi (Japan)

Simone Laudehr (Germany)

Marta (Brazil)

Birgit Prinz (Germany)

Kelly Smith (England)

Abby Wambach (US)