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Almost two dozen top players fight it out for one award...

The nominees for the 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year Award have been announced, with an array of players that, while being largely predictable, contains one or two surprises.

Every player on the 23-man shortlist for the men's award is based in Europe, with no representatives of the South American or Asian leagues taking part.

A plethora of Premier League stars have been nominated for the 2009 FIFA award, which also includes six players from Barcelona's all-conquering side, and also six from the Spanish national camp.

However, just one Italian, Gianluigi Buffon of Italy and Juventus, has made the cut.

The winner of the coveted annual award will be announced at the 19th Fifa World Player Gala, at the Zurich Kongresshaus, on Monday December 21.

Along with France Football's "Ballon d'Or" award, this is one of two major individual accolades in the global game.

Full details of the nominees have been disclosed below, in alphabetical order. Players who moved club during the year have their current team shown first.

NOMINEES FOR 2009 FIFA WORLD PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

Player
Nationality
Club
League
Age
Michael Ballack

Chelsea

33
Gianluigi Buffon
Juventus

31
Iker Casillas

Real Madrid
28
Diego
Juventus/Werder Bremen
24
Didier Drogba

Chelsea
31
Michael Essien

Chelsea
26
Samuel Eto'o

Inter/Barcelona
28
Steven Gerrard
Liverpool
29
Thierry Henry
Barcelona
32
Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Barcelona/Inter
28
Andres Iniesta
Barcelona
25
Kaka

Real Madrid/AC Milan
27
Frank Lampard
Chelsea
31
Luis Fabiano
Sevilla
28
Lionel Messi

Barcelona
22
Carles Puyol
Barcelona 31
Franck Ribery

Bayern Munich
26
Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid/Man Utd
24
Wayne Rooney
Manchester United
24
John Terry
Chelsea
28
Fernando Torres
Liverpool
25
David Villa
Valencia
27
Xavi
Barcelona
29


NOMINEES FOR 2009 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

Nadine Angerer - Germany
Sonia Bompastor - France
Cristiane - Brazil
Inka Grings - Germany
Mana Iwabuchi - Japan
Simone Laudehr - Germany
Marta - Brazil
Birgit Prinz - Germany
Kelly Smith - England
Abby Wambach - USA

Alan Dawson & Ewan Macdonald, Goal.com

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