World Cup: Golden Ball Nominees

The adidas Golden Ball is the official FIFA trophy for the “Best Player of the Tournament”. The ten nominees are selected by the Technical Study Group (TSG), a FIFA-appointed group of top football coaches and analysts. After which accredited media representatives vote to determine the winners of the adidas Golden, Silver and Bronze ball awards. The winners will be announced after the final on 11 July.

The coveted award was won by Ronaldo in 1998, Oliver Kahn in 2002 and Zinedine Zidane in 2006. The nominees for this year are:

Diego Forlan (Uruguay)

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Asamoah Gyan (Ghana)

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Andres Iniesta (Spain)

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Lionel Messi (Argentina)

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Mesut Oezil (Germany)

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Arjen Robben (Netherlands)

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Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany)

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Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands)

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David Villa (Spain)

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Xavi Hernanzez (Spain)

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Strangely, in a World Cup which was dominated by teams with very good defenses, no real defenders or goal-keepers have made it to this list.

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