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the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 ('Golden ball') displayed above pictures of Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (R), Bayern Munich's French midfielder Franck Ribery (L) and Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo

Tuesday, 10 December 2013
A picture taken on December 10, 2013 shows the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 ('Golden ball') displayed above pictures of Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (R), Bayern Munich's French midfielder Franck Ribery (L) and Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo , at the Mellerio jewelery workshops in Paris. Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi, Bayern Munich's French midfielder Franck Ribery and Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo were shortlisted for this year's Ballon d'Or, football's world governing body FIFA and sponsors France Football magazine said on December 9, 2013. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE