The Ballon d’Or™ 2012 will be awarded in a gala event in Zurich, on January 7th, 2013. 23 men are in a shortlist of candidates, unveiled earlier on October 29th. Journalists, national coaches and national captains will all vote for the winner of the FIFA Ballon d’Or award from this list.
Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, captain of his national team and candidate to receive the award has said he would vote for himself if possible.
If I could, I’d vote for myself. I am what I am and I’m happy with that. Being too humble isn’t good. In Portugal we say that too much humility is vanity: Cristiano Ronaldo.
Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Pirlo, Mario Balotelli, Mesut Özil, Radamel Falcao, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, and current title-holder Lionel Messi (plus 7 members of the Spanish national team) are some of the names in the nominees’ list. The three finalists’ names will be announced on November 29th before the eventual winner is decided in Zurich.
Unlike Ronaldo, Messi recently stated he would not be voting for himself, neither Ronaldo for that matter:
Last year, I voted for Xavi, Iniesta and Aguero, in that order, I reckon this year it will be the same. I have not thought about it yet, but it will be more or less the same: Lionel Messi.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who thinks he knows about the ugly side of life and expressed his sadness towards his current situation at Real Madrid a few weeks ago, faces fierce competition in the run for the Ballon d’Or. Instead of declaring he would vote for himself, he ought to be out there, training twice as hard and playing twice as good, in order to convince the world (and of course, the people who are actually voting) that he is the best footballer around.
November 5th, 2012.