FIFA Ballon d'Or Awards 2011: Lionel Messi, Marta Favorites For Awards

Lionel Messi and Marta are the favorites for the individual awards at the FIFA Ballon d'Or ceremonies. Six other awards are given out at the gala.

The ceremony for the 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or and other awards takes place on Monday, with eight different awards given out at a gala in Zurich, Switzerland. The award that most have their eyes on is the Men's Ballon d'Or for the player of the year in men's football, even though only the truly deluded don't know who is going to win. There are also awards for women's player of the year, men's coach of the year, women's coach of the year, the Fair Play Award, the Presidential Award, the FIFA World XI, and the FIFA Puskas Award for the goal of the year.

Here are the finalists in the individual footballing award categories.

Men's Ballon d'Or

Lionel Messi - Barcelona/Argentina
Xavi - Barcelona/Spain
Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid/Portugal

Women's Ballon d'Or

Marta - WNY Flash/Brazil
Homare Sawa - INAC Leonessa/Japan
Abby Wambach - magicJack/United States

Men's Coach of the Year

Alex Ferguson - Manchester United
Pep Guardiola - Barcelona
Jose Mourinho - Real Madrid

Women's Coach of the Year

Bruno Bini - France
Norio Sasaki - Japan
Pia Sundhage - United States

FIFA Puskas Award

Lionel Messi
Neymar - Santos FC
Wayne Rooney - Manchester United

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