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November 30, 2012
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Iniesta joins Messi, Ronaldo for Ballon d'Or

( L - R )Iniesta, Messi, Ronaldo

SAO PAULO (AP):

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta are the finalists for FIFA's World Player of the Year award.

They were picked from a list of 23 candidates for this year's Ballon d'Or, with Messi looking to become the first player to win the award four times. The Argentina and Barcelona playmaker won the award the last three years.

The winner will be announced in Switzerland on January 7. The only two other players to have won the FIFA award three times are Ronaldo and former France great Zinedine Zidane.

The finalists for the Women's World Player award are five-time winner Marta and United States duo Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach.

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque, former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola and Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho were in the running for the World Coach of the Year award. The Women's Coach of the Year award will go to either France's Bruno Bini, Japan's Norio Sasaki or the United States' Pia Sundhage.

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