FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014 Nominees in Pictures

Nominees for FIFA Ballon d’or 2014 have been made. A list of 23 players battling for the prize was released by the governing committee on Monday.  This year’s nominees feature top performers for the last season including current prize holder Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Although Cristiano Ronaldo has been in a fearsome form for most of the season and is the most favorite for the prize but the presence of other talents cannot be denied. FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014 nominees have suggested that this year’s contest is going to be much more than a 2 horse-race. FIFA World Cup 2014 Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez and German stopper Manual Neuer may challenge Ronaldo and Messi. A shortlist of the final three contestants will be announced on Jan. 12, 2015 and then the final winner will be decided. As Ronaldo hopes to retain the trophy for the first time in his career , while Messi will be looking to make the haul of five Ballon d’Or trophies let’s take a look at all 23 FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014 nominees in pictures.

FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014 Nominees

Cristiano Ronaldo PortugalCristiano Ronaldo FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014 Nominees

Lionel Messi ArgentinaLionel Messi FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014 Nominees

Thomas Muller GermanyThomas Mueller FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014

Neymar Jr BrazilNeymar FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014 Nominees

Manuel Neuer Germany Manuel Neuer FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014 Nominees

Arjen Robben NetherlandsArjen Robben FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014

Paul Pogba FrancePaul Pogba FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014

Gareth Bale WalesGareth Bale

James Rodriguez ColombiaJames Rodriguez FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014

Philipp Lahm GermanyPhilipp Lahm

Toni Kroos GermanyToni Kroos FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014

Angel Di Maria ArgentinaAngel Di Maria

Diego Costa SpainDiego Costa FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014 Nominees

Mario Gotze GermanyMario Goetze

Zlatan Ibrahimovic SwedenZlatan Ibrahimovic

Eden Hazard BelgiumEden Hazard

Bastien Schweinsteiger GermanyBastian Schweinsteiger

Javier Mascherano ArgentinaJavier Mascherano

Karim Benzema FranceKarim Benzema

Yaya Toure Cote d’IvoireYaya Toure

Sergio Ramos SpainSergio Ramos

Andres Iniesta SpainAndres Iniesta FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014

Thibaut Courtois BelgiumThibaut Courtois