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The FIFA World player of the Year award list has been released and it has seen 5 of Italy's World Cup winners nominated while last year's winner Fabio Cannavaro is back to defend his crown.
Italy's 5 representatives are Fabio Cannavaro, Gianluigi Buffon, Gennaro Gattuso, Andrea Pirlo and Alessandro Nesta, whilst Kaka is also on the list coming from Italy. Shocks waves have been sent all around Italy as two of Serie A's best players last season have not been mentioned. Golden Boot winner, Francesco Totti as well as Zlatan Ibrahimovic have all been left out.
Milan's Brazilian Kaká and Ronaldinho have been tipped as favourites and many feel that the Champions League winner will edge past his fellow Brazilian to take home the trophy for the first time in his career.
Other names that have been mentioned is Barcelona's Lionel Messi along with fellow Argentinians Roman Riquelme and Carlos Teves. All three of these players are applying their trade in either Spain or England and they are the country with the most representatives having 10 each. While Italy have 6 players, Germany 3 and France with just one.
The club that is best represented is Barcelona with seven, while Chelsea with their international stars have 5 (two from Africa) and Milan have 4 players.
Last year Fabio Cannavaro took home the title, who will take it home this time? The winners will be announced on Wednesday the 17th.
Who do you think will win?
Key: Blue players are the Azzurri,
White are the players applying their trade in Italy.
Here is the list of players nominated:
Gianluigi Buffon (Italia)Fabio Cannavaro (Italia)Petr Cech (Repubblica Ceca)Deco (Portogallo)Didier Drogba (Costa d'Avorio)Michael Essien (Ghana)Samuel Eto'o (Camerun)Gennaro Gattuso (Italia)Steven Gerrard (Inghilterra)Thierry Henry (Francia)Juninho (Brasile)Kakà (Brasile)Miroslav Klose (Germania)Philipp Lahm (Germania)Frank Lampard (Inghilterra)Rafael Marquez (Messico)Lionel Messi (Argentina)Alessandro Nesta (Italia)Andrea Pirlo (Italia)Franck Ribery (Francia)Juan Roman Riquelme (Argentina)Ronaldinho (Brasile)Cristiano Ronaldo (Portogallo)Wayne Rooney (Inghilterra)John Terry (Inghilterra)Carlos Tevez (Argentina)Lilian Thuram (Francia)Fernando Torres (Spagna)Ruud Van Nistelrooy (Olanda)Patrick Vieira (Francia).