Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona ace Lionel Messi will again battle it out for the Ballon d'Or.

Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery makes up the three-man shortlist.

Argentina and Barcelona forward Messi has won FIFA's award for the world's best player in each of the last four years, while Portugal and Real Madrid forward Ronaldo won the gong, then known as the FIFA World Player of the Year award, in 2008.

France forward Ribery has had a sparkling year for treble-winners Bayern Munich.

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