The long wait is over. The list of the 50 best players from the past season will be revealed at 1430CET on Monday, followed by lots of reaction, interviews and analysisAfter weeks of anticipation, the day of the 2014 Goal 50 has finally arrived.
Our prestigious, annual list ranking the 50 greatest players from the past season will be revealed on Goal at 1430CET on Monday.
Frontrunners for the prize include reigning champion Lionel Messi, two-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo, Germany World Cup hero Thomas Muller and Netherlands wizard Arjen Robben.
The announcement of the list on Monday will be followed by plenty of reaction, celebration and analysis.
We have exclusives with a whole host of players who were selected in the 2014 Goal 50, including the winner himself, as well as interviews with many former stars such as Fabio Cannavaro, Franz Beckenbauer, Diego Simeone, Alessandro Nesta, Michael Owen, Gaizka Mendieta and Robert Prosinecki.
We have produced a number of videos – including special documentaries on five footballing superstars.
We have feature analysis from some of Goal’s best writers. We celebrate the winner and the dominant clubs and leagues, but also look at those who disappointed. We analyse why one of the world’s biggest footballing powers failed to even have one player in the Goal 50. We also look ahead to the 2015 Goal 50 and predict what could happen during the next year.
This is just a fraction of the great Goal 50 content that we will bring you this week.
Voted for by editors from Goal’s 35 editions representing more than 600 journalists, the Goal 50 provides an unparalleled insight into the highest achievers in all positions and across all continents, and unearths many of the future stars of the game.
Graham Shaw, Goal’s Editorial Director, said: "Goal 50 gives a truly global view on the players who have lit up an epic season. The World Cup in Brazil was a fitting finale to a sensational campaign, and added fuel to the debate raging about who should top this year’s list."
Messi, after last year's triumph, said: "I'm very excited about this. As players, we work the entire year to win honours for the team, we don't look for the individual awards, but when they come it's an incentive and gives us strength to continue on the same path."
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