Though they weigh just 6.35kg and are a mere 32.5cm high and 18cm in circumference, the FIFA World Player and FIFA Women's World Player trophies are the most coveted individual prizes on planet football.
2009 once again saw two of the most revered talents in world football duly recognised as Lionel Messi and Marta were crowned at the FIFA World Player Gala on Monday evening, 21 December.
The coaches and captains from each of the 208 FIFA member associations voted for who they thought had the most outstanding 2009, with Messi and Marta ultimately singled out for their performances at both club and international level over the past twelve months.
The decision cannot have been an easy one for the voters, considering the wealth of talent they had to choose from. There can be no doubt that the eight nominees who went home empty handed have every right to hold their heads high and be proud of their incredible achievements over the past year. Indeed, 2009 has been yet another annus mirabilis with the game's biggest stars providing some top-class entertainment for fans all over the globe.
The coaches and captains made their choice - now it's your turn:
Did your favourite win?
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