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The top three footballers--Messi, Ronaldo and Ribery Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi or Franck Ribery . One of the top three footballers on 13 January crowned world footballer. Among the top 3, it has again managed no German players.

Germany must continue to wait for the next World Footballer even 22 years after Lothar Matthäus, Franck RibÊry , however, may hope in the battle of the three giants of the Golden Ball . The Frenchman is like the four-time winner Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who won the 2008 election in which published by world governing body FIFA on Monday preselection. One of the three is by vote of captains and coaches of all teams and selected journalists on 13 January at the World Player Gala in Zurich named as FIFA World Player .

Matthew had been given the honor of choosing premiere in 1991. In 1992, Thomas Hassler in third place , Jurgen Klinsmann took the third place in 1995 also . The last German among the top 3 was Bayern goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, 2002 as the W orld Cup with the German national team was second .

Five German were there

This time there were five German national player on the shortlist : captain Philipp Lahm, his deputy Bastian Schweinsteiger, Manuel Neuer and Thomas Müller ( Bayern Munich all ) and Mesut Ö zil from Arsenal FC . From the Bundesliga also allowed Bayern star Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund) hope - as it turned out on Monday, but in vain

DFB captain Lahm has when choosing image for Ribery decided according to Sport , Ronaldo and Messi , he chose the second and third places . The Swiss coach Ottmar Hitzfeld voted for Ribery, Germany coach Joachim Loew , however, abstained from the election. Because several German players came into question, Loew 've seen in the " predicament " it said on the part of the German Football Association . When voting in the 2012 Loew had delivered the only person entitled to vote his first two votes for Mesut Ö zil ( Real Madrid at the time ) and New . At third position he put the Spaniard Xavi of FC Barcelona. Ozil was number 14, New rank 19

After the extension of the deadline for the vote until mid-December because of the supposedly weak return flow is considered by many experts , this time Real star Ronaldo as favorite. President Uli Hoeness of Bayern called the extension a "games" for which he did not understand . " There is not one player in the world who deserves this more than Franck . And if he will not , that's a total mess ," he said on Sky . Ribéry was "a synonym for what we represent in the moment" .

Messi only outsiders

Messi , Offensive player of FC Barcelona , had decided the election in the last four years for themselves. After numerous disappointments in calendar year 2013 and some violations of the Argentine is now an outsider. The Portuguese Ronaldo , however, campaigned with strong performances in the Champions League and La Liga last for themselves, as with four goals in the play -offs for the World Cup in Brazil against Sweden (1-0 , 3-2 ) . However, the four-pack he succeeded only when the choice already should have been completed.

Unlike the men in women is a German shortlisted : European Footballer of the Year Nadine Angerer . The 35- year-old goalkeeper from the Australian National first div ision club Brisbane Roar would be only the second German after World Player Birgit Prinz, who had won the title in the years 2003 to 2005. Besides Angerer are Abby Wambach (USA) , winner of 2012, and the already excellent five times Brazil's Marta in the final round .

The top three footballers messi, ronaldo and ribery  

The Top Three Footballers--Messi, Ronaldo and Ribery

The top three footballers messi, ronaldo and ribery  

The Top Three Footballers--Messi, Ronaldo and Ribery