2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or: The candidates (1)

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It's the moment quite literally some people have been waiting for - the 2013 Ballon d'Or nominees have been announced.

Close to being renamed the "Lionel Messi Award for Excellence" in recent years, it seems as though this year that the Barcelona genius may have some competition.

Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery has been tipped for the gong while if Zlatan Ibrahimovic keeps on like he has done recently then he will surely be a contender. Cristiano Ronaldo will of course, be there or there abouts.

FIFA revealed the 23-man longlist today which will be reduced to a three-man shortlist at a later date, with the award handed out in January 2014.

Click through to see all 23 contenders in the running to be crowned the best player in the world....

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