John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba have all been nominated in the top thirty footballers playing in Europe, from which the European Footballer of the Year will be chosen.
Lionel Messi, Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo head the list, and Thierry Henry has also claimed a spot. Arsenal have Andrey Arshavin and Cesc Fabregas included, and Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres have also staked their claim.
Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney and Nemanja Vidic represent Man Utd, but surprisingly there is not one Italian or German player on the list.
Full list of nominees:
Andrei Arshavin (Russia, Arsenal) Karim Benzema (France, Olympique Lyon, then Real Madrid) Iker Casillas (Spain, Real Madrid) Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Manchester United, then Real Madrid) Diego (Brazil, Werder Bremen, then Juventus) Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast, Chelsea) Edin Dzeko (Bosnia, VfL Wolfsburg) Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon, Barcelona, then Inter Milan) Cesc Fabregas (Spain, Arsenal) Fernando Torres (Spain, Liverpool) Diego Forlan (Uruguay, Atletico Madrid) Steven Gerrard (England, Liverpool) Ryan Giggs (Wales, Manchester United) Yoann Gourcuff (France, Girondins Bordeaux) Thierry Henry (France, Barcelona) Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, Inter Milan, then Barcelona) Andres Iniesta (Spain, Barcelona) Julio Cesar (Brazil, Inter) Kaka (Brazil, AC Milan, then Real Madrid) Frank Lampard (England, Chelsea) Maicon (Brazil, Inter Milan) Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona) Luis Fabiano (Brazil, Sevilla) Franck Ribery (France, Bayern Munich) Wayne Rooney (England, Manchester United) John Terry (England, Chelsea) Nemanja Vidic (Serbia, Manchester United) David Villa (Spain, Valencia) Xavi (Spain, Barcelona) Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast, Barcelona).
The votes will be cast by football journalists from all over Europe, and the winner will be announced on December 1st.