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Aguero, Balotelli, Rooney & Van Persie among Premier League Ballon d'Or nominees

The stars of the English top flight are joined by the likes of Radamel Falcao, Cristiano Ronaldo & three-time winner Lionel Messi on the shortlist of the world's best players

Five stars currently plying their trade in the Premier League have been nominated for Fifa's prestigious Ballon d'Or award.

The award is presented to the player who has been voted as the world's best by managers and captains of international teams, as well as a number of journalists.

Premier League champions Manchester City provide three players, with Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Mario Balotelli all making the list after a host of impressive displays last season.

They are joined by two players from the other side of the city, with Manchester United duo Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie also selected.

Van Persie finished as the league's top goalscorer last season, netting a staggering 30 goals at Arsenal, whilst Rooney came in second place with 27.

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has also been shortlisted after scoring the winning penalty in the Champions League final before leaving the club.

They will battle it out with a number of the usual suspects, including three-time winner Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and in-form Chelsea target Radamel Falcao.

BALLON D'OR NOMINEES
Sergio Aguero Manchester City
Mario Balotelli Manchester City
Karim Benzema Real Madrid
Gianluigi Buffon Juventus
Sergio Busquets Barcelona
Iker Casillas Real Madrid
Didier Drogba Shanghai Shenhua
Radamel Falcao Atletico Madrid
Zlatan Ibrahimovic PSG
Andres Iniesta Barcelona
Lionel Messi  Barcelona
Manuel Neuer  Bayern Munich
Neymar Santos
Mesut Ozil  Real Madrid
Gerard Pique  Barcelona
Andrea Pirlo  Juventus
Sergio Ramos  Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo  Real Madrid
Wayne Rooney  Manchester United
Yaya Toure  Manchester City
Robin van Persie  Manchester United
Xabi Alonso  Real Madrid
Xavi Hernandez  Barcelona

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