Essien nominated for Player of Year
Posted: 30 October 2009 Time: 12:52
Ghana midfielder Michael Essien is one of 23 players nominated by world football governing body FIFA for the 2009 World Player of the Year.
The Chelsea midfielder whose previous individual awards includes winning the BBC African Football of the Year in 2007 and French Player of the Year in 2005 is however a long outside shot for the honour with Argentina’s Lionel Messi the early favourite. Essien is joined by two other African big names on the short list. They are Didier Drogba who beat Essien to the CAF Player of the Year awards in 2007 and three-time African player of the year Samuel Eto’o who was brilliant in helping Barcelona to a treble of Spanish League, Cup and European Champions League triumph this year. The winner of the award is voted for by coaches and captains of national teams. FIFA will then cut the list down to five based on the votes before announcing the winner at a function at the Zurich Kongresshaus on Monday December 21. Nominees for 2009 Fifa World Player of the Year award: Michael Ballack (Germany), Chelsea Gianluigi Buffon (Italy), Juventus Iker Casillas (Spain), Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Real Madrid Diego (Brazil), Juventus Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast), Chelsea Michael Essien (Ghana), Chelsea Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon), Inter Milan Steven Gerrard (England), Liverpool Thierry Henry (France), Barcelona Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden), Barcelona Andres Iniesta (Spain), Barcelona Kaka (Brazil), Real Madrid Frank Lampard (England), Chelsea Luis Fabiano (Brazil), Sevilla Lionel Messi (Argentina), Barcelona Carles Puyol (Spain), Barcelona Franck Ribery (France), Bayern Munich Wayne Rooney (England), Manchester United John Terry (England), Chelsea Fernando Torres (Spain), Liverpool David Villa (Spain), Valencia Xavi (Spain), Barcelona