Zurich will be dressed to the nines this Monday 17 December, as is only fitting for the arrival of this year's top players for the FIFA World Player Gala 2007. With the names of the six nominees no secret - Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Lionel Messi in the men's category, Birgit Prinz, Cristiane and Marta in the women's - FIFA.com brings you a short compilation of facts of figures on the big event.
Curious to know who has won the most prizes at the Gala, or which countries have produced the most winners? FIFA.com invites you to peruse the numbers behind the event and discover more about its 17-year history.
6: the number of times Frenchman Zinedine Zidane has been at the Gala to pick up a prize. His six nominations is still a record, and one more than that of Brazilian Ronaldo. The two former Real Madrid men have each been voted FIFA World Player on three occasions and jointly hold the record for most individual titles.
3: the number of confederations - the CONCACAF, AFC and OFC - who have yet to provide one of the three annual nominees in the men's category. The split between the confederations to date in this respect is UEFA (33), CONMEBOL (16) y CAF (3).
52: the number of men (including 2007) to have received a prize (either gold, silver, or bronze) at the Gala
21: the number of women (including 2007) to have received a prize at the Gala (the women's category having only been introduced in 2001).
5: the number of times Birgit Prinz has been nominated for FIFA World Player of the Year. The German's three first prizes is also a record. The North American Mia Hamm and the Brazilian Marta have been among the three finalists on four occasions each.
14: the number of Brazilian men to have been distinguished at the Gala. Behind Brazil in the list of most successful providers of male nominees are France (9), England (5) then Italy and Germany (4). The Netherlands (3), Portugal (3), Bulgaria (2), Argentina (2), Liberia (2) and Spain, Ukraine, Cameroon and Croatia (one each) complete the list.
7: the number of USA women to have won an award at the Gala, making the North American state the best provider of women nominees. Germany (6), Brazil (5), China PR (2) and Sweden (1) complete the list.
1: the number of players to have won a prize at the Gala without ever participating in the final phase of the FIFA World Cup™. The player in question is Liberia's George Weah, who, during his time at AC Milan, picked up the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 1995 as well as runners-up spot the following year.
4: the number of defenders to have been nominated for a prize. Oliver Kahn (GER), Fabio Cannavaro (ITA), Roberto Carlos (BRA) and Paolo Maldini (ITA) are the players in question, with only Cannavaro managing to take first prize (2006).