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Eto'o and Drogba make shortlist

Samuel Eto'o
Eto'o and Drogba make the European footballer of the year shortlist

African duo Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto'o have been named on the final shortlist of 10 for the 2009 European Player of the Year award.

The Ivorian and Cameroon internationals join England's Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney on the shortlist for the award, known as the Ballon d'Or, with the winner being announced on 1 December.

Former Liberian international George Weah is the only African player ever to have won the award.

In 1995, he won it as well as the African and World player of the year awards.

Barcelona have four players selected - Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as well as former star Eto'o.

Kaka and 2008 winner Cristiano Ronaldo complete the list.

Argentine star Messi is the favourite to win the competition, organised by France Football magazine and voted for in a poll of football journalists.

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres just missed out on the list of finalists, coming 11th, with Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas 12th from the 30-player shortlist named last month.


The 10 Ballon d'Or finalists:

Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast) Chelsea

Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon) Barcelona then Inter Milan

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Manchester United then Real Madrid

Steven Gerrard (England) Liverpool

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden) Inter Milan then Barcelona

Andres Iniesta (Spain) Barcelona

Kaka (Brazil) AC Milan then Real Madrid

Lionel Messi (Argentina) Barcelona

Wayne Rooney (England) Manchester United

Xavi (Spain) Barcelona

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see also
Eto'o promises Mallorca return
07 Nov 09 |  African
Eto'o seeks payout from Barcelona
22 Sep 09 |  African
Ancelotti delights in Drogba form
03 Nov 09 |  Chelsea
The 2000s Ballon d'Or winners
01 Dec 08 |  Football

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