Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta were on Thursday shortlisted for this year's Ballon d'Or, FIFA and sponsors France Football magazine said.
Barcelona forward Messi, 25, has already won the title thrice. The prize will be presented in Zurich on January 7. If he wins, he would become the first player to win it four times.
Scolari is back
Sao Paulo: Brazil officially announced Luiz Felipe Scolari as their coach to lead them through to the 2014 World Cup finals on home soil, replacing Mano Menezes.