FIFA announce Golden Ball list

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World Cup finalists Wesley Sneijder and David Villa head a ten-man short-list for the player of the tournament award.

The Netherlands playmaker and Spain striker will be on opposing sides in Johannesburg on Sunday evening, as both nations look to win their first-ever World Cup.

The successful nation could then be able to boast the player of the tournament after the list of nominees for the adidas Golden Ball were unveiled by FIFA's Technical Study Group.

Spain have three entrants on the short-list in five-goal joint leader scorer Villa plus Barcelona midfielders Xavi and Andres Iniesta.

Netherlands have two in fellow five-goal scorer Sneijder and team-mate Arjen Robben.

Germany pair Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mesut Ozil featured strongly in their march to the semi-finals and find their names on the short-list.

Meanwhile, four-goal Uruguay striker Diego Forlan, Ghana's Asamoah Gyan and reigning FIFA world player of the year Lionel Messi of Argentina complete the list of candidates.

The winner of the prestigious award will be unveiled after Sunday's final at Soccer City.

Zinedine Zidane was the last winner of the accolade after helping France reach the final in Germany four years ago.

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