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Nominees for Golden Ball Award announced

2010-07-10 04:56:40 GMT2010-07-10 12:56:40 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Adidas Group CEO Herbert Hainer announces Arjen Robben from the Netherlands as one of the 10 nominees of the 2010 FIFA World Cup "Golden Ball Award" for the best players of the tournament during a press conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, on July 9, 2010. (Xinhua/Guo Yong)

FIFA General Secretary Jerorne Valcke (L) and Adidas Group CEO Herbert Hainer display the "Golden Ball Award" trophy after offically announcing the 10 nominees of the 2010 FIFA World Cup "Golden Ball Award" for the best players of the tournament during a press conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, on July 9, 2010. (Xinhua/Guo Yong)

FIFA General Secretary Jerorne Valcke announces David Villa from Spain as one of the 10 nominees of the 2010 FIFA World Cup "Golden Ball Award" for the best players of the tournament during a press conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, on July 9, 2010. (Xinhua/Guo Yong)

Former "Golden Ball Award" winner Oliver Kahn of Germany speaks during the official announcement of the 10 nominees of the 2010 FIFA World Cup "Golden Ball Award" for the best players of the tournament during a press conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, on July 9, 2010. (Xinhua/Guo Yong)

Leading tournament scorers Wesley Sneijder of the Netherlands and David Villa of Spain headline the list of FIFA’s 10 nominees for the World Cup Golden Ball award.

FIFA announced the list Friday selected by its technical study group.

Sneijder and Villa have each scored five goals and will go head-to-head in Sunday’s final at Johannesburg’s Soccer City.

Also nominated were Diego Forlan of Uruguay, Asamoah Gyan of Ghana, Andres Iniesta of Spain, Lionel Messi of Argentina, Mesut Oezil of Germany, Arjen Robben of the Netherlands, Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany and Xavi Hernandez of Spain.

Media members will vote to determine the tournament’s best player after the final, with silver and bronze balls also to be handed out.

Previous winners include Ronaldo of Brazil (1998), Oliver Kahn of Germany (2002) and Zinedine Zidane of France (2006).

(Agencies)

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