Ballon d'Or shortlists by category

Ahead of the announcement of the shortlist, Barca teammate Gerard Pique - one of eight Spaniards initially shortlisted - said Ronaldo was a superb player but Messi "is an alien" and would thus get his vote.

updated: November 29, 2012 22:06 IST
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Sao Paulo: Shortlists by category announced here on Thursday for this year's Ballon d'Or, ahead of awards slated for January 7 in Zurich.

Best player - men: Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Spain), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona/Spain)

Best player - women: Marta (Brazil), Aby Wambach, Alex Morgan (both United States of America)

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