- Title: SAUDI ARABIA-WORLD CUP TROPHY FIFA's World Cup Trophy Tour visits Saudi Arabia
- Date: 9th December 2013
- Summary: == RESENDING WITH FULL SCRIPT == Saudi Arabia becomes the latest stop on FIFA's World Cup Trophy Tour SHOWS: RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA (DECEMBER 9, 2013) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL ) 1. VARIOUS OF WORLD CUP TOUR AIRPLANE ARRIVING AT KING KHALED INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN RIYADH 2. BANNER WITH ARABIC WRITING (WATCHING CLOSELY THE REAL WORLD CUP - FIFA WORLD CUP TOUR ) 3. VARIOUS OF WORLD CUP DELEGATION ARRIVING AT KING KHALED INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 4. COCA COLA COMPANY REPRESENTATIVE WELCOMING THE WORLD CUP DELEGATION 5. BANNER WITH IMAGE OF WORLD CUP PRINTED ON 6. REPRESENTATIVE CALLING UP GABRIEL CALDERON TO UNVEIL THE TROPHY 7. PEOPLE CLAPPING 8. TROPHY BEING UNVEILED 9. WORLD CUP 10. FIFA DELEGATION TAKING MEMORIAL PHOTO WITH WORLD CUP 11. FANS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS TAKING PICTURES OF THE CUP 12. CLOSE UP OF WORLD CUP 13. PHOTOGRAPHERS TAKING PICTURES OF THE WORLD CUP
- Embargoed: 24th December 2013 12:00
- Location: Saudi Arabia
- Country: Saudi Arabia
- Topics: General
- Reuters ID: LVA9TXZO0TVKZ18WB458EYLHLTR9
- Story Text: World governing body FIFA named Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery as the three nominations from a 10-player shortlist for the Ballon d'Or award on Monday (December 9).
Barcelona and Argentina forward Messi has won the prestigious award, formerly called FIFA World Player of the Year, for the past four years, while Real Madrid's Ronaldo topped the poll in 2008.
Despite not winning any silverware last season Portuguese Ronaldo is favourite to end Messi's reign as officially the world's best player when the results are announced on Jan. 13.
The 28-year-old has 25 goals for Madrid this season and bagged a stunning hat-trick as Portugal beat Sweden in a World Cup qualifying playoff to reach next year's finals in Brazil.
Messi scored 56 times for Barcelona last season, helping the Catalans win the Spanish title while Ribery helped Bayern Munich win the Bundesliga and the Champions League.
Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, Bayern Munich's Jupp Heynkes and Borussia Dortmund's Juergen Klopp form the shortlist for the Coach of the Year award.
Paris St Germain's Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic failed to make the final Ballon d'Or shortlist although he is in contention for the Puskas Award for the "most beautiful goal of the year" for his long-range overhead volley against England.
The nominees for the various awards were confirmed after votes were received from captains and head coaches of member associations of FIFA and international media representatives selected by FIFA and France Football magazine.
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