Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery were announced as the three nominees for the FIFA Ballon d'Or on 9 December 2013. From this final shortlist, journalists, national coaches and captains will vote for the winner of the FIFA Ballon d’Or and the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year.
The winners of all of the awards will be revealed at the FIFA Ballon d’Or gala as part of a televised show at the Zurich Kongresshaus on 13 January 2014.
A 23-man shortlist for the FIFA Ballon d’Or was compiled by the FIFA Football Committee and a group of experts from France Football. It was announced on 29 October.
A ten-player shortlist was unveiled on Friday, 25 October for the FIFA's Women's Player of the Year, which was chosen by experts from FIFA's Committee for Women's Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup and a group of experts from France Football.
Over the course of 2013, Nadine Angerer left little doubt as to her credentials as one of the world’s best, and the goalkeeper was a decisive figure in Germany’s UEFA Women’s Euro campaign in Sweden, helping her country to an eighth continental crown. As the most-capped player among coach Silvia Neid’s young squad, the 34-year-old was a cornerstone of the team. Angerer saved two penalties in the final against Norway, ensuring Germany defended their title with a narrow 1-0 victory. It was a memorable individual display that was a key factor in her scooping the Best Women's Player in Europe Award.
Reigning FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Abby Wambach showed no signs of letting up during 2013. The Rochester, New York native enjoyed a year closer to home playing for Western New York Flash in the inaugural National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season. Wambach led Flash to the NWSL final where they were ultimately bested by Portland Thorns 2-0, but the prolific scorer struck for 11 goals in 19 games, taking second place in the NWSL scoring charts. On the international level, Wambach reached a massive milestone on 20 June when she struck four times against Korea Republic to surpass Mia Hamm’s all-time scoring record in women’s international football of 158 goals. With Wambach still scoring at will for USA, it seems her recently reached record is likely to stand for some time to come.