Three Barça players in FIFA Ballon d'Or Award
Leo Messi, Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta have been named as the three finalists for the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2010 award. Barça have made history with three home grown players in the top three spots.
Barcelona (FCB).- Just as in 2009, the Ballon D'Or will be coming to Barca, as the three Masia graduates took the three finalist spots in this year\u2019s award announced at lunchtime today in an event in Paris. Ex France international Jean Pierre Papin read out the shortlist.
The final award ceremony will take place on January 19th in Zurich when the winner will be announced.
Following on from Sacchi\u2019s Milan
Barça are the second club to get all three top spots in the award, following on from Arrigo Sacshi\u2019s AC Milan who in 1998 were represented by Basten, Gullit and Rijkaard, with Basten, Baresi and Rijkaard repeating the feat the year after.
Messi, 2009 winner
The last winner of both the Ballon d'Or and the FIFA World Player before they joined this season, was Leo Messi, Xavi and Iniesta were both finalists in both awards last year too.
Barça dominates nominations
Before the top three were named, Barça had already made their mark as the team with most nominees \u2013six (Puyol, Alves, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi and Villa) out of the 23 candidates.