Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been named as one of 10 contenders for the 2013 Golden Foot award, which rewards the best players in the world over the age of 28.
The Portugal international, who turned 28 in February, has been nominated for the award following an impressive campaign for his club last season where the former United player managed to bag 55 goals in as many appearances for Madrid.
Ronaldo would be the first Portuguese player to win the prize if he were to land the award, which was first introduced in 2003, and aims to reward the best football player in the world over the age of 28.
He would have to fend off stiff competition from Madrid team-mate Iker Casillas and last month’s Confederations Cup silver ball winner Andres Iniesta. The Spanish duo will also be hoping to be the first Spaniard to win the prize.
Roberto Carlos, Ronaldinho, Francesco Totti and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have all won the award in the past. It is an award that takes into account the footballer’s current form and their footballing career as a whole.
The award ceremony will take place in Monaco, and will be given out by Prince Albret II of Monaco in September. The winner will leave a cast of their footprints in Monte Carlo’s Champions Promenade.
The other seven players on the ten-man shortlist are: Didier Drogba (Galatasaray), Miroslav Klose (Lazio),), David Beckham (former Paris Saint-Germain,), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Samuel Eto'o (Anzhi) and David Trezeguet (River Plate).
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